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2014.01.16 10:00

Vilnius residents amongst most foreigner-friendly in the EU

BNS | DELFI | The Lithuania Tribune2014.01.16 10:00

  BNS Vilnius is among the capitals of the European Union (EU) with the most positive attitude towards foreigners, with eight in 10 residents of the Lithuanian capital welcoming foreign nationals in the city, shows a poll carried out by TNS LT pollster.

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Vilnius is among the capitals of the European Union (EU) with the most positive attitude towards foreigners, with eight in 10 residents of the Lithuanian capital welcoming foreign nationals in the city, shows a poll carried out by TNS LT pollster.

According to the ‘Flash Eurobarometer’ survey, 84 per cent of Vilnius residents are positive about having foreign citizens in Lithuania, while 54 per cent said that foreigners living in the capital city have achieved a good degree of integration.

“The survey shows that the residents of our capital, which boasts the country’s largest flows of incoming and residing foreigners, are welcoming towards foreigners. In terms of the positive attitude towards foreigners, Vilnius residents are just behind the Danish capital Copenhagen, which ranks first among the EU capitals in terms of positive attitude (89 per cent) towards foreigners,” Rūta Matulaitienė, a specialist of social and political surveys, said in a press release.

Nevertheless, a gap between the numbers of those favouring foreigners and those thinking that they are well integrated in Vilnius is rather wide at 30 per cent. The percentage is considerably smaller than the EU’s top opinion on foreigner integration in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana – 73 per cent of residents.

The poll demonstrated still that Vilnius is ahead of Amsterdam and Paris where 53 per cent of citizens see foreigner integration as good.

In Brussels, the number is 48 per cent, as compared with 38 per cent and 30 per cent in Stockholm and Berlin, respectively. Athens ranks last place on the list, with merely 14 per cent of residents saying that foreigners have integrated well.

The survey was carried out in 27 then members of the EU and five other European nations in November-December of 2012. A total of more than 41,000 persons were interviewed by telephone in 79 European cities and four suburbs.

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