On average, people around the world are more likely to support refugees in comparison to immigrants. They consider refugees as people who flee from a natural disaster or war. They feel that they must take them in and help them, whereas when they talk about the immigrants they say that, immigrants are people who just move to their country to take their jobs and social statuses.
According to the analysis of 2018 between the ongoing war in Syria and other armed countries, there were roughly 258 million people who were not living in the country of birth including 20 million refugees, according to the United Nations.
A survey was conducted across 18 countries, an average of 50% said they do support the immigrants moving to their country, with a 21% point difference and 71% of the adults said that they support the refugees fleeing violence and war.
In the United States, the public support for accepting refugees and immigrants was approximately the same as the analysis of 2018. In 2018, US resettled 23,000 refugees down from 33,000 a recent year, at the same time the U.S. has refused to take in any refugees in the coming years.
The gap was the largest in Greece, where 69% supported taking in the refugees compared to 17% who supported more immigrants moving to their country.
In Germany too people are more likely to support the refugees (82%) than the immigrants (40%).
In Japan, on the other hand, people do support the immigrants even though they have a lot of immigrants moving to their country every year. Despite reaching the highest ever national population of 2.7 million, the population of Japan is shrinking. China is expected to lose even more people in the coming years.
The acceptance of refugees or immigrants is also based on whether people support diversity or not.
Overall, 14 out of the 18 countries surveyed were in support of diversity.
Across most of these countries, people who support diversity also support immigrants and refugees.
In Canada, 87% of the people who were in support of diversity were also in support of the immigrants and refugees, compared to 26% of those who oppose diversity also did not support the taking in of refugees and immigrants.
In general, people who oppose diversity are most likely to think of immigrants as a burden. As we take the example of Sweden, 67% of the people there think that immigrants are a burden to their society as they take their jobs and social benefits. Compared to 13% of people who favor diversity.
So the people who do not support diversity are also the people who do not support immigrants and they are also less likely to support highly skilled people to move to their country and work