Berlin. According to one study, the rejection of asylum seekers in the German population has continued to increase. More than one in two Germans (54.1 percent) shares attitudes that devalue refugees, as emerges from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's new “center study” published on Thursday in Berlin. The value of 2016 was 49.5 percent, 2014 44.3 percent. Slight increases recorded the study also in Islamophobia and the devaluation of Sinti and Roma.
The Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence at the University of Bielefeld examines the attitudes of middle-sized society towards democracy, the rights enshrined in the Basic Law, minorities and responsible politics. The current so-called center study bears the title »Lost middle – hostile states«. 2016 was the “split middle” the speech.
Between September 2018 and February 2019, 1890 German nationals were interviewed by telephone for the study.
According to the study, hard right-wing extremist attitudes are, as in previous years, only shared by a minority, namely 2.4 percent in the East and West. By contrast, approval of right-wing populism is moving at a much higher level. One in five (21 percent) tends towards right-wing populist attitudes, with 42 percent of Germans showing a tendency. These figures have not increased since 2014, but this does not reassure researchers. “Right-wing populist attitudes are stable and that is, they have become more normal in the middle,” says the study summary.
Unlike right-wing extremist attitudes, the study also identifies an east-west difference in right-wing populism. Hostility to alleged foreigners, Muslims and asylum seekers is more widespread in the East. epd / nd
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