Opposition to migrants is growing across the globe

Venezuelan immigrant Louis Sanchez embraces his daughter Nilfa after his family crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico on September 27, 2023 in Eagle Pass, Texas. A surge of migrants crossing the U.S. southern border seeking asylum has put pressure on U.S. immigration authorities, reaching record levels during the last week. Photo creditPhoto by: Photo ( John Moore/Getty Images)

Gallup polling conducted over the summer showed a plurality of Americans believed immigration into the country should decrease. This week, U.S.
News & World Report shared data showing that this sentiment is growing in several countries.


“Experts say the attitudinal shift suggested in the data reflects the reality on the ground, where the growing number of immigrants in Chile has been met with more restrictive policies,” said U.S. News & World Report. “Similar to what’s happening in Europe, analysts say conservative political parties and some citizens are blaming immigrants for rising crime and other problems.”

Other countries where support for immigration dropped from 2022 to 2023 were: Sweden, Germany, Australia, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, the U.K., Indonesia, Brazil, India, Vietnam, Egypt and Denmark. Out of this group, Sweden had the lowest interest in making immigration more open at 33% and Egypt had the highest at 80%.

Immigration and migration have become an even more complicated this month with the start of the Hamas terrorist attacks that kicked off war in Israel and Gaza. People in Gaza were ordered to evacuate as fighting continues in the region. A Russian invasion of Ukraine that began last year also resulted in a exodus of Ukrainian refugees to other countries, including the U.S. and Poland.

Migrant issues at the Southern Border have made headlines this year in the U.S., including a migrant crisis in Chicago, where busloads of migrants have been dropped off. There, Mayor Brandon Johnson has vowed to continue welcoming the migrants. Audacy has also reported on Texas sending busloads of migrants to Los Angeles.

“As governments increasingly involve communities in supporting the reception and integration of arriving refugees, success turns how well matched the newcomers are with individual sponsors and local supports and services, as well as the quality of relationships with employers, mentors and hosts,” said a Thursday news brief from the Migration Policy Institute.

* Original Article: