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How the refugee crisis makes Europe feel

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Mixed emotions.
By Marta Cooper
Published Last updated This article is more than 2 years old.

The refugee crisis in Europe triggers feelings of sadness in Britain, anger in France, and fear in Germany. That’s according to a new poll conducted by YouGov, in which people were asked to describe how they feel about the ongoing and desperate situation.

The emotions run the gamut:

Germans are…
Afraid (57%)
The French are…
Angry (36%)
The British are…
Sad (35%)
Danes are…
Empathetic (40%)
Swedes feel…
Pity (38%)
Finns are…
Empathetic/sad (both 35%)
Norwegians are…
Sad (45%)

The survey also asked all respondents to rate the how various countries have handled the influx of migrants. Hungary, which built a razor-wire fence along its border with Serbia, received the lowest ratings for its response to the crisis. Germany, meanwhile, was seen as handling the situation best.

Germany is expected to take in at least 800,000 refugees this year, a source of both pride and—according to this survey—fear among residents. Over the weekend, president Joachim Gauck summed it up in a speech: “We want to help. Our hearts are open. However our means are finite.”

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