Pew: Hungarians remain concerned over refugees

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Wikimedia Commons/Mstyslav Chernov -- Syrian refugees strike in front of Budapest Keleti railway station. Refugee crisis. Budapest, Hungary, Central Europe, 4 September 2015.

Hungarians harbor more concerns over security threats and economic repercussions from refugees than residents of any other country surveyed in the European Union, according to a report published by the Pew Research Center on Monday.

Syrian refugees hold a strike in front of Budapest Keleti railway station in September 2015. (Wikimedia Commons/Mstyslav Chernov)

Of Hungarian respondents, 82% said that refugees are a burden on the country because they take jobs and social benefits away from locals, while 76% believed that refugees will increase the likelihood of terrorism within the country, more than in any of the nine other countries surveyed, said the Pew Research Center.   

At 43%, Hungary had the third highest amount of respondents who said that refugees in the country are more to blame for crime than other groups, after Italy and Sweden, which respectively took first and second place.

Overall, 72% of Hungarians said they had an unfavorable view of Muslims in the country, more than any other country in the survey, the report noted.

Most Hungarians, 76%, also believe that Muslims in the country do not want to adopt the local customs and way of life and that they would prefer to remain separated from society, putting the country in second place after Greece, the report noted.

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