Sunday, November 23, 2008

View on Immigration in France and the U.S.

Interesting findings on the view of immigration in Europe, France and the United-States - kind of surprising if you think Americans are (almost) all descendants of immigrants after all.
Study found in this Transatlantic Trends report on immigration by the German Marshall Fund of the United States published (via Super Frenchie)

Q: Do you see immigration as more of a problem or more of an opportunity?

More of an opportunity: France 46% - US 33%
More of a problem: France 35% - US 50%

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?

Respondents who disagree: US 48% - France 70%

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?

Respondents who agree: France 24% - US 51%

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?

Legal immigrants should stay: France 72% - US 62%


At 11:33, Anonymous François said...

This poll could make me proud of being french.
Are you sure it is the same country that brought a far-right leader to the second round of 2002 presidential elections ?

At 11:27, Blogger Joker & Thief said...

Well, enjoy it (i.e. the pride) while it lasts... until you read our new post....
As for the far-right leader in the second round of the election, let's be fair and remember that Le Pen did not do so much better than usual (around 15%, which if you think is partly a protest vote, does not necessarily mean those people would support Le Pen's agenda on every front). The surprise was the low turnout, the lack of enthusiasm for the two major parties which pushed people into voting more for the smaller parties, thus weakening the Socialist party. So it is a matter of political circumstances.
But of course, the very idea that so many people could vote for Le Pen (especially in the second round), even just to send a message is creepy.
However, the far-right has done a lot better in other European countries (Austria, Italy or Poland, to name a few). There is no way to even compare.


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