Germans not seeing benefits from taking in refugees, shows survey

Only 16 per cent of Germans feel their country has benefited from this year's decision to accept a mass influx of asylum seekers, according to a new survey.

According to researcher Horst Opaschowski, only 16 per cent responded positively to the statement: "The influx of refugees will provide more economic opportunities than problems for us."

Another question asking whether the move to take in so many refugees would improve Germany's image worldwide only elicited a positive response from 20 per cent of respondents. The number was even lower - 12 per cent - in the country's east, which is having the most problems coming to terms with the rush of refugees, expected to hit about 1 million this year.

The figure was 22 per cent in western Germany. However, the percentage was higher - 32 per cent - among respondents aged 14-17.

Fifty-six per cent of respondents said they think German politicians are out of their league with the crisis. Respondents from towns with fewer than 5,000 residents agreed with that sentiment even more, a total of 66 per cent.

Last update: Sat, 26/12/2015 - 15:41
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