Majority of Germans consider US response to migration crisis insufficient

December 23, 2015 6:22 am 

MOSCOW, Dec. 22 — Almost three in four German citizens consider the US offer to accept 100,000 refugees a year by 2017 insufficient, a new poll conducted by Populus exclusively for Sputnik revealed Tuesday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said in September that Washington had agreed to bring the overall refugee admissions ceiling to 85,000 in 2016 and 100,000 in 2017, up from the current cap of 70,000. Earlier in December, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere announced that 965,000 people had received or applied for refugee status in Germany so far this year.

Seventy-one percent of respondents in Germany said the US contribution was "less than they should have offered." The percentage of those who consider the US proposal to be inadequate was also high in Hungary and Bulgaria — 63 and 62 percent correspondingly.

In France and the United Kingdom, respondents' opinions on the matter differed, with only 31 percent of those questioned in these countries voicing dissatisfaction with the level of the US response to the international migrant crisis.

Citizens of two other European states — Poland and the Czech Republic — are somewhere in between with 47 and 42 percent, respectively, of those polled dissatisfied.

The survey, conducted between September 25 and October 15, involved 7,000 respondents, with 1,000 people polled in each of the following countries: the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland.

The international public opinion project Sputnik.Polls came into being in January 2015, in partnership with Populus, a founding member of the British Polling Council. The project involves regular surveys in the United States and Europe on high-profile social and political issues. (PNA/Sputnik)



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