Americans’ Support for Admitting Refugees Hits Record, Poll Finds

The American public’s support for admitting Ukrainian refugees is greater than Gallup has found in a refugee situation since 1939, the company said Tuesday.

Gallup reported the record after his new poll found that 78 percent of adults in the United States agree to allow 100,000 Ukrainian refugees into the country.

The results underscore wide differences in Americans’ perceptions of various refugee crises, especially given the number of Ukrainian refugees involved. For example, when Americans were asked about admitting at least 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2015, Gallup found that only 37 percent approved.

Racial prejudice plays an undeniable role in the different reception of refugees from different countries, migration experts have said† Since the beginning of the Russian invasion, there have been several cases of white government officials and journalists being shocked at the “unthinkable” happens in Europe, for people with “blue eyes and blond hair”, which seem “so like us

US support for Ukrainian refugees has been reflected in other polls throughout the war, albeit not on the scale Gallup found.

A Reuters/Ipsos Poll released in early March, found that 74 percent of Americans thought the country should admit Ukrainian refugees Pew Research Center reported that 69 percent of Americans preferred admitting thousands of Ukrainians.

Bowing to domestic and international pressure, President Biden declared on March 24 that the United States would take in up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. The Gallup survey was then conducted, April 1-19, through telephone interviews with a random sample of 1,018 adults. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.

On Monday, the Biden administration rolled out part of that initiative: a program that allows Americans to sponsor Ukrainian refugees if they can provide financial assistance, such as room and board or direct payments for essential expenses.


SOURCE – www.nytimes.com

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