Germany, Britain and America have the most positive views of immigrants, whereas Greece and Italy have the most negative views.
The U.S. is home to world’s largest immigrant population (41 million), and is of course the largest economy of all countries included, but views of immigrants are divided. Half (51%) of Americans think said immigrants make the U.S. stronger because of their hard work and talents. Meanwhile, 41% said immigrants are a burden because they take jobs, housing and health care.
Germany is Europe’s strongest economy and has the highest population. It is also home to 6 million immigrants born outside of the EU, the most of any EU country. Attitudes toward immigrants are even more positive there than in the U.S. In 2014, two-thirds (66%) of Germans said immigrants are a strength because of their hard work and talents, while just 29% said immigrants are a burden because they take jobs and social benefits.
People in Greece and Italy have among the most negative views toward immigrants of the European countries involved. Besides the fact that both nations’ economies have struggled since the recession, they both felt the impact of the first influx of African and Middle Eastern migrants.
In both countries, about seven-in-ten said immigrants are a burden. The nations also have some of the most negative views of immigrants on crime, with about half in Greece (51%) and Italy (45%) saying immigrants are more to blame for crime than other groups.