Europeans prioritize immigration control over climate action, study finds

A recent study indicates a shifting focus among Europeans toward controlling immigration rather than addressing climate change, with less than 15% globally ranking climate issues as a top three governmental priority.

The Associated Press reports.


In short:

  • The Democracy Perception Index highlights that 44% of Germans view reducing immigration as a crucial government task.
  • Despite global concerns, only 14% consider climate change action as a top governmental priority.
  • Satisfaction with democracy stands at 58% globally, though many express concerns about governmental performance.

Key quote:

"Many European countries have seen a sharp rise in the share of people who say that ‘reducing immigration’ should be a top government priority."

— study commissioned by the Denmark-based think tank Alliance of Democracies Foundation

Why this matters:

While the effects of immigration are immediate and often palpable in daily life, the insidious nature of climate change means that its most devastating impacts can be deferred but not ultimately avoided. Scientists consistently warn that delays in addressing climate change could result in irreversible damage to our planet, affecting not just the environment but the very socio-economic structures that are currently influencing public opinion.

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