While in the UN there is no consensus on the issue of immigration, the people and political leaders of Visegrad Four countries stand united on rejecting it, shows the Nézőpont Institute telephone survey commissioned by Hungarian daily Magyar Idők.
Out of a total of 53 million adults in the V4 countries, some 35 million reject the quota system; 41 million are dissatisfied with the direction of Brussels’ immigration policy; and 30 million support Hungary’s physical border barrier.
Although the UN Global Compact for Migration was adopted on December 10 with support from the majority of the 192 Member States involved in the drafting process, many countries including Australia, Austria, Chile, Czechia, Dominican Republic, United States, Israel, Hungary, Poland, Latvia and Slovakia did not sign, and even more countries opposed or opted for an alternative solution instead of adoption. In addition, on December 11 due to a technical error the voting on the report promoting the introduction of a humanitarian visa was repeated in the European Parliament. On both occasions V4 countries seemed to have the most cohesive alliance at the regional level. As regards the management of migration, consensus within the Visegrad Cooperation has clearly been established already at the political level, and the survey results show that the social mandate is also present.
17 percent of Hungarians accept and 78 percent reject the idea of the European Union distributing immigrants based on quotas, according to the survey. Citizens from other Visegrad countries have similar opinions, with 68 percent of Poles, 80 percent of Slovaks and 83 percent of Czechs disagreeing with the use of quotas. This means that altogether some 35 million Central Europeans are opposed to quotas.
Likewise, there is consensus on the rejection of Brussels’ immigration policy with 75 percent of Poles, 76 percent of Hungarians, 77 percent of Czechs and 79 percent of Slovaks making up a total of some 41 million voters dissatisfied with the way EU leaders have been handling immigration.
85 percent of Hungarians – the highest rate ever measured – approve of the construction of the fence on Hungary’s southern border of. The absolute majority (52 percent) of Poles, 71 percent of Czechs and 72 percent of Slovaks also support management of the migration crisis by means of a physical border barrier. In total, approximately 33 million Europeans back the Visegrad Cooperation on this issue.
Nézőpont Institute’s telephone interview based (CATI) survey was conducted between 16-31 October 2018 in four European countries (Czechia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia) involving 1,000 respondents in each. The sample is representative of the population aged18 years and over by gender, age, region, type of settlement and educational level. With a sample size of 1,000 and confidence level of 95 percent, the maximum sampling error is 3.1 percent.