October 27, 2006

No Anti-Muslim Backlash in France

58%

That’s the share of the French public that now judges immigration into France from the Middle East and North Africa to be a good thing — an increase over the 53% who said so a year ago before the riots by Muslim youth.

France shows no signs of a backlash in response to last year’s riots among Muslim youth in a recent Pew Global Attitudes survey. In fact, a counter trend seems to have emerged with slightly more French people saying that immigration from the Middle East and North Africa is a good thing than did so a year ago. The French public is also more inclined this year to say that Muslims living in France want to adopt French customs — a view held by an overwhelming majority of Muslims in France. Nor do German and British publics express any increase in negative views of immigrants — although, unlike the French, they are not more welcoming to immigrants this year. Meanwhile, the Spanish public’s view toward immigrants has grown slightly more negative over the last year. Read More