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Majority of Europeans say that Muslim immigration should be stopped in new poll

A young Muslim woman listens during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder
A young Muslim woman listens during a protest held in response to President Donald Trump's travel ban, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. January 29, 2017. REUTERS/David Ryder
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

More than half of Europeans say that immigration from Muslim countries should be stopped, according to a new poll.

Some 55 per cent of Europeans called for the halt in a new poll conducted by Chatham House.

More than 10,000 people from 10 European states took part in the survey which gave the following statement: “All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped.”

55pc agreed with the statement, 25pc neither agreed or disagreed and 20pc disagreed.

"The study points to significant and widespread levels of public anxiety over immigration from mainly Muslim states," said Chatham House.

"With the exception of Poland, these countries have either been at the centre of the refugee crisis or experienced terrorist attacks in recent years."

According to the poll, the opposition to Muslim immigration is “especially intense among retired, older age cohorts while those aged below 30 are notably less opposed.”

Those with less education showed more negative attitudes towards Muslims.

The authors of the survey said that the poll was carried out prior to the implementation of US President Donald Trump’s controversial 'Muslim ban'.

"Our results are striking and sobering. They suggest that public opposition to any further migration from predominantly Muslim states is by no means confined to Trump’s electorate in the US but is fairly widespread."

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