Polls: Europe Has Dimmer View of Immigrants Than U.S.

Will Lester, AP, June 7, 2006

WASHINGTON—Immigration anxiety has been fueling a fierce political debate in the United States, but attitudes about immigrants in this country are considerably more positive than in several European countries, AP-Ipsos polling found.

People in Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain are much more inclined than those in the U.S. to think immigrants are likely to get involved in criminal activity.

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More than a third of Germans, Italians and Spaniards think immigrants are more likely to be involved in criminal activity than people born in their countries.

A fourth in France and Britain agree.

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In the U.S., about one person in 10 thinks immigrants are more likely to be involved in crimes. And 52 percent say immigrants are a good influence.

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