Who would have guessed? Majority of Italians are against immigration

Seeking Refuge in Italy Credit Lynsey Addario for The New York Times. Source.

Three quarters of Italians feel negatively about immigration from outside the EU, while more than half are against Europeans coming to live in Italy, figures from a Eurobarometer survey show.

Whether you’re British, American or from elsewhere in the world, most Italians are not keen on you moving to their country.

A total of 75 percent of those polled told the European Commission they felt negatively about immigration of people from outside the EU.

Just three percent felt “very positive” about the thought of welcoming outsiders, while 33 percent of Italians were “very negative”.

Attitudes to fellow Europeans were marginally more positive, with 56 percent of Italians feeling negatively about EU immigrants. But again only three percent were especially welcoming, with nearly a fifth – 19 percent – ticking the “very negative” box.

The figures stem from European Commission research last autumn, which coincided with the growing popularity of Italy’s anti-immigrant Northern League party.

The party now has 12.8 percent voter support, up from 8.1 percent in November, according to a poll published on Sunday.

unnamed-5Migrants from the African nation of Eritrea in a refugee camp close to a railway station in Rome.

Italy is reeling from a surge of more than 50,000 migrants so far this year [June, 2014]. Credit Massimo Berruti for The New York Times. Source.