Chart of the day II: Hard times intolerance


From Free Movement, a new study from the European Commission that dispels many of the myths perpetuated by right wing immigration foes, a perfect example of how intolerance invariable accompanies economic turmoil, in this case, in Barcelona, where a post-crash anti-xenophobia campaign was implemented:

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One response to “Chart of the day II: Hard times intolerance

  1. Bruce E. Woych

    This is interesting in itself, but it leaves critical questions unanswered as to why the opinion changes appear. While labels of xenophobic (?) entry being orchestrated by “right wing immigration foes” appear to establish a baseline of both bias and consensus, the question of who and what interests are being served by the “European Commission” is left under-serviced. Are they a commission for human rights and if so what is their history and funding? The long range attempt to homogenize entire populations into markets can not be ignored, and swarming populations of immigrants and emigrants into one collective labor market can be a strategic plot as much as a democratic resolution (of sorts). Demographic “succession planning” is generally done for financial reasons by people who are outside of the consequences. It the “Commission” has substance and human rights are involved that is another order all together. In today’s world, unfortunately, that can not be assumed simply by name and authoritative sounding titles like Commission that gives it legitimation.

    At another level, opinion surveys over 4 years can vary for a number of reasons that are set in the context of immediate historical events. The realities of 2008 are different from the imperatives of 2012 and vis versa.

    Finally, it may well be that the chart represents a decline in original populations and an increase in immigration factors of a demographic poll.
    A declining negative opinion is relative to the high 15.1% in June 2008. It does not show us the decade prior, nor does it explain the peak itself.
    Overall, the chart raise more questions than it answers, but it is a benchmark for further interests to study and attempt to explain (comprehensively…we trust).

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