Monday, November 16, 2009

Who are the most prejudices people in Europe; a survey

When it comes to human dignity, Western European societies agree without questioning. In this line, the European Union stated their goals to combat a broad spectrum of discrimination in article 13 of the 1997 Amsterdam Declaration: “Without prejudice to the other provisions of this Treaty and within the limits of the powers conferred by it upon the Community, the Council, acting unanimously on a proposal from the Commission and after consulting the European Parliament, may take appropriate action to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.”

The Amsterdam declaration was a consequence of observable increasing prejudices and discriminations of minority groups in Western and Eastern Europe.

But  a recent  survey by Bielefeld Institute held among 8000 EU citizens in 8 of the 27 EU countries reveals that almost 50 percent of them believe there are too many immigrants in their countries. Forty-three percent reject equal rights for gays and lesbians.

Prejudice was strongest in East European countries. People in the Netherlands were the least prejudiced.

Most prejudice was demonstrated against Islam. More than half the people interviewed thought Islam is an intolerant religion. And 22 percent thought most Muslims feel terrorism is justified.

Attitudes to Judaism are more positive with 62 percent of people saying the religion enriched their culture.

There are huge differences between various EU countries. For instance 88 percent of Poles oppose single sex marriages, whereas in the Netherlands 83 percent were positive about gay marriage.

You can simple not talk about ONE European or Europeans are all the same.

Recent surveys in Turkey show more dramatically figures with 70% of the people don't want to live near a Jew and around 50% don't want to live next to a Christian. But state neighbours?.)!

Another interesting fact is that 87 percent of Poles think women should take their role as mothers more seriously. In Germany 50 percent of people share these conservative views and in the Netherlands 36 percent do.
I think Poland, one of the few EU countries I never visited, are on the same level and to a certain degree share the same conservative views as Turkey.

Day Opening - November 16

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