62% of Bulgarians against Accepting More Refugees - Poll

Society | December 8, 2013, Sunday // 14:07|  views

Albeit small on global standards - some 10 000 refugees are currently in the country - the migration wave is unprecedented for Bulgaria as it has the capacity to accommodate about 5 000. Photo BGNES

More than half of Bulgarians do not want their country to continue to accept refugees who are fleeing the war in Syria.

The data comes from a poll of Sova Harris agency, released Friday.

The survey is a representative sample of interviews with 1 000 people in various regions of the country.

62.2% of respondents have said they do not want more refugees in their homeland; 15% agree Bulgaria should continue to accept refugees, and 22.7% had no opinion.

Pollsters say the reason for such attitude can probably be found in the answer to the question: "Do you think the government is able to deal with Syrian refugees in the country and take care of them?"

65.2% have answered "no," while only 10.9% believe Bulgarian authorities can handle the refugee influx.

Regarding assessment of whether the Socialist-endorsed government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski can achieve concrete results in improving the quality of life in Bulgaria, respondents who say "rather not" were 47.9% and those who believe "rather yes" were30.6%. The remaining 21% have no clear evaluation of the cabinet.

41.6% of Bulgarians favor a moratorium on the right to sell land to foreigners from the EU, although they are aware that such ban contradicts the commitments of Bulgaria to the EU. 28.1% believe that the country must respect contracts with the EU. 30.4% have no position on the issue.

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Tags: asylum seekers, refugees, Sova Harris, poll, Socialist-endorsed government, Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, quality of life, moratorioum, land, foreigners, EU


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