Since the European migration crisis of 2015, attitudes towards migration have been divided across the continent. But a new study by the Bertelsmann Foundation shows that German attitudes towards migration could become less skeptical, despite some reservations.
Study shows drop in skepticism about migration
According to the study, Germans are more positive about migration than they were in previous years. “In essence, our survey shows that skepticism about immigration is still widespread in Germany, but has steadily declined in recent years,” said Ulrike Wieland, co-author of the study.
The Bertelsmann Foundation has been conducting similar studies of German residents since 2012, monitoring attitudes during the booming migration period in 2015 and comparing them to the years before and after. Initially, the reports aimed to see what the German population thought about skilled labor migration, but over time they focused more on studying the response to all types of migration in the country.
More than a third of Germans still don’t want more refugees
Although the study finds positive data, it also shows that more than a third of Germans do not want to see more migration to the country. While many Germans view migration as a potential solution to Germany’s demographic problems, a large percentage of people believe that migrants are a burden on the German economy and worry about conflicts between the host population and The new comers.
Nearly 70% of people agree with both statements, and the disparity between migrants and skilled labor is further highlighted by the number of people who say they would accept them. While skilled migrants and refugees would be accepted by the majority of German society, those seeking employment or academic opportunities would be accepted by 71% of the population, those seeking protection would only be accepted by 51%.