62% of Bulgarians against Accepting More Refugees - Poll
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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Yane - The difference between "workers" and "refugees". People both leaving one land to go to another because they don't want to live in the place they left behind. The people leaving choose to try somewhere else for a better life, a better chance. The people in the country migrating see them as a risk, a potential enemy on the inside that will ruin the economy.
Of course they're not the same - but they're not a world apart either. Anyone with a sense of the history of the world wants free trade, everyone prospers from it. I like free trade because of the opportunities it will afford the next generation, because trade barriers always prolong poverty.
Yane can choose to not believe it, Yane can choose to only see the differences between the migrating Syrians and the migrating Bulgarians - and not the similarities. But the realities don't change.
Yane can choose to believe I'm an idiot rather than think about the deeper point I was making, but that's a choice, not a reality.
I wonder how many of those opposed to more refugees coming to Bulgaria (which would, on the face of it, fail to comply with international law) are also annoyed by the position of some British politicians that barriers should be erected to prevent an influx of Romanians and Bulgarians to the UK (which would, on the face of it, failt o comply with EU law).
And as for the 41.6% of Bulgarians that think foreigners from the EU should be prevented from buying land in Bg, are they also in favour of preventing Bulgarians from working in the UK?
They're all stupid positions - Foreigners should be able to buy land in Bg, yes they can outbid the locals but Bulgaria has a much higher ratio of home ownership than many other countries - eg the value of that of which you already own should go up. It is - in the long term - a win win. Inward investment, even on a small scale, supports jobs and so on. As for the attempts of the Brits to close borders, that's historically proven to be economic suicide.
Free trade, no barriers. That's the way forwards