Young Germans lead list of Europe’s most welcoming people

Young Germans lead list of Europe’s most welcoming people

A demonstration on Nov. 14, 2015, in support of refugees in Hamburg, Germany. Credit: Rasande Tyskar/Flickr

A demonstration on Nov. 14, 2015, in support of refugees in Hamburg, Germany. Credit: Rasande Tyskar/Flickr

About 10,000 young people 18 to 32 years old of different nationalities and various political and religious orientations have taken part in a survey carried out by Università Cattolica of Milan.

Given the hundreds of innocent victims fallen in the Mediterranean Sea — 84 dead and over 200 wounded — in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Nice, France, the vast majority of millennials interviewed all over Europe declared to be always ready to receive refugees and immigrants.

Germany leads Europe as the most welcoming country with 74 percent of young Germans interviewed in the study, who said “yes” to immigration, followed by Italy (64 percent), Spain (57 percent), the U.K. (51 percent) and France (42 percent), which, despite being, so far, the most affected country by Islamic terrorism, still declared its willingness to receive everybody.

According to the survey, 44.2 percent of young Italians strongly believe that immigrants who arrive in Italy are escaping war or tyrannical regimes. Same thing goes for 46.7 percent of young Germans, 36.4 percent of French, 18.5 percent of English and 15 percent of Spanish millennials.

Only 4.8 percent of young Italians think that immigrants could cause troubles linked to terrorism, just like 9.8 percent of millennials in France, 4.2 percent in Spain, 11.1 percent in the U.K. and  5.3 percent in Germany.

Rita Bichi, professor of sociology at Università Cattolica of Milan, said that “these data indicate that European millennials are open to the immigrants and always ready to help people in need, in particular those ones who are escaping from wars and persecutions.”

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