Hungary: Almost half of the population would close the border to asylum-seekers
In recent years the number of people who feel loathing for immigrants has risen in Hungarian society. The MTI agency reports that research conducted by the TÁRKI economic institute shows that 40 % of adult Hungarians are currently in favor of banning asylum seekers from accessing the country. Five years ago, a similar survey found that roughly 30 % of respondents advocated "xenophobic positions".
The results of the study also show that only 11 % of Hungarians are in favor of completely opening the borders to asylum seekers, while 49 % believe the correct approach would be for the case of each immigrant to be evaluated individually. The greatest proportion of those advocating radical positions on the issue is said to lie among people who do not vote at all, who plan to work abroad themselves, who have low educational achievements, who are unemployed, who are of Romani nationality, or who are voters of the ultra-right Jobbik party. The research, conducted in March, surveyed 1 000 respondents.