HALF of Europeans fear the arrival of refugees, believing it raises the risk of terror attacks in their own country.
A new survey published this week also found many EU citizens, especially those living in the east of the continent, see migrants as an economic burden.
The stats by the Washington-based Pew Research Center revealed 52 per cent of British citizens agreed with the statement “refugees will increase the likelihood of terrorism in our country.”
The figure was 46 per cent in France, 61 per cent in Germany, 71 per cent in Poland and 76 percent in Hungary.
Asked whether refugees were a burden because they took jobs and benefits, respondents gave diverse answers, from 31 percent of Germans and 46 per cent of British citizens who agreed to 82 percent of Hungarians.
In Italy, 47 per cent thought refugees more to blame for crime than other groups, compared to just 13 per cent of Spaniards. In Britain, 28 per cent agreed.
The survey also asked for Europeans’ views of Muslims.
Two-thirds of Poles, Greeks, Italians and Hungarians expressed ”unfavourable” views, while less than a third of French and Germans agreed.
Britain had the most favourable view of Muslims of the 10 states surveyed, with just 28 per cent of people expressing unfavourable views.
Pew’s research also revealed increasingly positive views on Islam in some countries.
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