Most Greeks Support Clampdown on Illegal Immigration, Poll Shows

Paul Tugwell, Bloomberg, April 8, 2012

Ahead of May elections, more than six in 10 Greeks, or 61.7 percent, agree with recent government moves to clamp down on illegal immigration in the country, a poll showed.

A survey of 1,610 Greeks over the age of 18 by Kapa Research SA for To Vima newspaper published today found that 83.4 percent of interviewees believe illegal immigration is a major problem for Greece while 48.3 percent said that the main priority of any immigration policy should be to gradually remove all immigrants from the country, up from 19.5 percent in a similar poll in 2009.

Greece’s government plans to create 30 detention centers on the mainland to house illegal immigrants, who don’t qualify for asylum, before they are deported, the country’s Citizen Protection Ministry said March 27.

More than half of those surveyed by Kappa, or 54.7 percent, said such centers are necessary while 61.7 percent said recent Greek police actions to carry out widespread identification checks and arrests of illegal immigrants is a move in the right direction to control the problem.

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The land border between Greece and Turkey is the main entry point for immigrants into the European Union from Asia, according to Frontex, the EU’s Warsaw-based agency for external border security. {snip}

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  • JohnEngelman

    Good. Finally. 

  • Now all they need to do if follow Icelands example of dealing with the bank fraud

  • British Activism

    Forgive my cynicism, but the polls can show whatever figures they want – whether anything ever actually happens is a totally different matter.

    The public of Greece have been ignored on other major issues, but the government tends to have its own agenda, like Britain, where polls for decades have shown massive opposition to immigration (and for tightening up rules and imposing health checks) but where in the face of that support and so called legislation, immigration went up even higher.

    Good for them if they do manage to not only stop, but reverse immigration as that 48% desire!

    • Greece is an example of a country literally dominated by a mafia. Corruption is probably worse than any other country in Europe. Actually doing something about the migrants is difficult because that means they would actually have to allocate funds to keep patrol craft seaworthy and with fuel in the tanks.

  • The_Bobster

    …while 48.3 percent said that the main priority of any immigration policy should be to gradually remove all immigrants from the country, up from 19.5 percent in a similar poll in 2009.
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    Both legal and illegal ones? I’m for that.