Survey: Germans split on refugee issues

Refugees at a reception center, about dts
Refugees at a reception center, about dts
After the fire in the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, Germans are divided on the question of accepting refugees.

This comes from the current ZDF Politbarometer, which was published on Thursday. According to this, 46 percent of citizens are in favor of Germany only taking in a larger proportion of refugees if other EU countries also participate.

On the other hand, 43 percent are in favor of Germany taking in the majority of refugees even without EU participation. Nine percent of those questioned are against accepting refugees. According to the survey, 62 percent of Germans believe that more refugees will make their way to Europe again after being admitted. 34 percent do not think that this pull effect will set in.

Among the Green supporters, only a minority (41 percent) expects that such a decision will trigger a greater movement of refugees towards Europe; the majority of all other party supporter groups expect this. The data were collected by telephone from the Elections Research Group from 14 to 16 September from 1.241 eligible voters.