View on Immigration in France and the U.S.
Q: Do you see immigration as more of a problem or more of an opportunity?
Comment from Transatlantic Trends: “Immigration is more of a problem for all but the French and the Dutch.”
Q: Will immigration increase crime in society?
Comment from Transatlantic Trends: “Of all countries surveyed, the French public was the only one to strongly reject the idea that immigration increases crime. While public opinion in the other countries surveyed was either split (47% of Americans agreed, 48% disagreed) or the majority agreed that immigration will increase crime (53% in the U.K. and Poland, 57% in Germany, 61% in the Netherlands and 66% in Italy), only 28% of the French public agreed (while 70% disagreed). Among those who disagreed, 76% had a friend or colleague from another country.”
Q: Do immigrants take away jobs from native-born workers?
Comment from Transatlantic Trends: [A] majority of Americans believed that immigrants take jobs away from workers in their labor market. Interestingly, educational level was not a predictor of sentiment on this issue in the United States. Of the most highly-educated Americans—those with graduate degrees—39% still believed that immigrants take jobs away from natives. In Europe, by contrast, only 17% of the same highly-educated group agreed.
Q: Should legal immigrants be given the opportunity to stay permanently instead of being admitted only temporarily?