Compared to the rest of the world, Americans are overwhelmingly welcoming toward immigration. That should come as a surprise to certain U.S. political and media circles.
Roughly 44 percent of Americans say the U.S. should allow about the same number of immigrants into the country as it does now, according to a survey of 27 nations conducted earlier this year by the Pew Research Center. Twenty-four percent of U.S. respondents in the same poll said America should allow in more immigrants. Only 29 percent wanted to let in fewer.
The U.S. survey, which polled 1,500 American adults between May 14 and June 15, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
“In recent years, a surge in migration has focused public attention on issues related to this, leading to the rise of political parties that question national immigration policies in some destination countries,” Pew noted.
It added, “More than 2 million migrants have sought asylum in Europe since 2015. In the Americas, thousands of Central American families and children have sought to enter the United States. (Recently, immigration has declined as an issue of public concern in parts of Western Europe, even as it has remained a top issue in U.S.)”
Taken alone, the U.S. immigration numbers may not sound impressive. But compared to, say, Greece, Italy, and Israel, America is practically bursting with pro-immigration fervor.
In Greece, a stunning 82 percent of respondents said they wanted fewer immigrants coming into their country. In Israel, 73 percent said the same. In Italy, the number of respondents who said they wanted fewer immigrants stands at about 71 percent. Conversely, only 2 percent of Greek respondents said they wanted more immigrants, while only 5 percent of Italian respondents said the same. Nine percent of Israeli respondents said they favored an increase in the number of immigrants coming across their border.
Fifty-two percent of Swedish respondents said the country shouldn’t allow more immigrants into Sweden, while 67 percent of Russians said the same. In South African, 65 percent of respondents said they wanted fewer, and 72 percent of respondents in Hungary said the same. And so on.
Now, as to countries that have a positive view of immigration, the U.S. isn’t alone. In Canada, for example, 19 percent of respondents told Pew that they should allow more immigrants to come into the county, while 27 percent said the opposite. Fifty-three percent of Canadian respondents said the number should stay at about the same. And Japan is in a league of its own: Twenty-three percent of respondents said the country should allow more immigrants, while an impressive 58 percent said they should keep the number at its current rate. Only 13 percent of Japanese respondents said the number of immigrants should be fewer.
Honestly, the most surprising thing in this Pew survey is that only 58 percent of German respondents said they wanted fewer immigrants crossing into Germany. Considering the flood of news reports detailing anti-immigrant sentiment in the country, one would assume the number of anti-immigrant Germans would be greater than 58.
But you know what happens when you assume.
(Author T. Becket Adams is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner, with a focus on media and politics. He is originally from South Bend, Ind. The Article Appears From Washington Examiner)
(Roughly 44 percent of Americans say the U.S. should allow about the same number of immigrants into the country as it does now. Photo: Petros Karadjias-AP)