Revealed: Europe's capital cities where it's hardest to be a foreigner
LYON. KAZINFORM Athens, Rome and Malta's Valletta are Europe's least tolerant capital cities towards foreigners, a euronews study of official data reveals.
Nearly half of those surveyed in Greece's capital ‘strongly agree' foreign citizens are a bad thing for the city,according to figures from Eurostat. The proportion of foreigners in central Athens is 17.4 percent, around one-in-six.
In Rome, where foreigners make up just 8.5 percent of the population, 16 percent of those surveyed believe they are not positive for the city, euronews reports.
In Valletta - where those without Maltese citizenship make up just 4.1 percent of the population - nearly one-in-seven think foreigners are a bad thing.
European Network Against Racism (ENAR) says xenophobia has been fuelled in Greece, Italy and Malta by the economic crisis and their position as the doors to Europe for asylum seekers.
Michael Privot, director of ENAR, said: "These countries are known for their restrictive migration policies and negative media and political discourses about migration.
"As an example, Maltese policies include measures of systematic detention of asylum-seekers and undocumented migrants, who are treated like criminals and as a result often perceived as such by the population.
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