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Chinese, Germans the most welcoming of refugees, according to Amnesty

May 19, 2016 | News

(19 May 2016) – China is the most welcoming country when it comes to refugees, according to a new survey of citizens’ attitudes published by Amnesty International yesterday, with Germany ranking second and Britain third.

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In its first ever report to record global acceptance of refugees, Globscan/Amnesty International surveyed more than 27,000 people across 27 countries and found that 80 percent of respondents would welcome refugees into their city, neighbourhoods or homes.

Nearly three quarters said people escaping war or persecution should be allowed to seek asylum in other countries.

As the least welcoming country, 61 percent of Russians surveyed said they would not let refugees in. Poland, Hungary and other former communist east European states say immigration, especially from the Muslim cultures of the Middle East, would disrupt their homogeneous societies. (EurActiv/Reuters)

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