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The majority of Germans say migrants bring more problems than benefits, want a limit on refugees

Germans are increasingly opposed to more immigration: A new poll shows that a majority of Germans are turning against mass immigration, with 52 per cent saying that they believe Germany should take in fewer refugees, an increase of 12 points since January 2020.

The results come just a week before a long-awaited migration summit that will involve federal and state governments meeting in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s office to discuss the ongoing crisis.

The poll, conducted for Die Welt, also asked respondents whether they see migrants as bringing more advantages or disadvantages. For 54 per cent, they said the disadvantages of immigration outweigh the advantages, while only a third of dummkopfs said that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

Germans have clearly soured on refugees, with just 8 per cent wanting to take more in, while 33 per cent said the numbers should stay at their current levels. Another 52 per cent want fewer refugees.

Alternative for Germany (AfD) voters are the least likely to support immigration, with 92 per cent favouring restrictive policies. Meanwhile, 61 percent of FDP and 57 percent of CDU/CSU voters also want restrictions. Even one left-wing party takes a majority negative view on immigration, with supporters of Die Linke (Left Party) seeing more disadvantages than advantages (51 percent to 42 percent).

Polling on the topic of mass immigration has delivered similar results as of late, with a slight majority of Germans saying they do not want more immigration. At the same time, the pivotal AfD party, most known for its stance against immigration, has hit a new high of 16.5 percent in national polls.

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