Europeans still have sympathy for refugees

Europeans still have sympathy for refugeesMore than three quarters of Europeans sympathize with Syrian refugees coming to their countries, challenging reports of growing anti-immigration sentiment across the continent, Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on Friday.

Ireland topped the poll of European countries that are most supportive of Syrian refugees with 87 percent of people interviewed there showing sympathy for them, while Slovakia ranked bottom.

The Ipsos MORI survey also showed that less than a third of the roughly 12,000 people polled across 12 EU countries believe refugees are a risk to national security despite a number of recent attacks involving migrants.

"These findings show that Europeans have not lost their hearts," said David Miliband, CEO of International Rescue Committee (IRC), an aid organization which commissioned the poll.

30 percent of the people polled, said one of their top three concerns was that refugees posed a security threat.

The survey was published as anti-immigration parties make gains in several EU countries.
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