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Czechs Want EU Borders Closed – Poll

© AFP 2022 / RADEK MICAAnti-migrants protesters hold banners reading 'Stop Immigration' on June 26, 2015 in Brno, Czech Republic during an anti-Islam and immigration rally
Anti-migrants protesters hold banners reading 'Stop Immigration' on June 26, 2015 in Brno, Czech Republic during an anti-Islam and immigration rally - Sputnik International
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The majority of Czechs want to bring back national borders both in their country and elsewhere in Europe. More than half criticize the way the government is handling the refugee problem, according to the results of a recent opinion poll.

Migrants and refugees crowd the platforms at the Keleti (eastern) railway station in Budapest on September 1, 2015. - Sputnik International
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The survey of more than 1,000 people conducted by the local Focus pollsters found seventy-eight percent voting for the return of guarded borders even though this would restrict the Europeans‘ freedom of movement.

Eighty seven percent of respondents described the incoming wave of migrants as a major problem, 10 percent said it was not a big  issue and only two percent said  migrants posed absolutely no problem for the country.

"Even though some people are ready to help the migrants, the overwhelming reaction was fear of unfamiliar, alien culture,“ the polling agency concluded.

More than half of those polled were critical of the way the Czech government tackles the problem of incoming refugees.

Twenty-five percent said they were angry and only two percent sided with the government.

An absolute majority (94 percent) believed the EU should be turning the migrants back to where they came from, sixty-one percent said the EU should provide them with help in their home countries, while thirty two percent said the migrants should be sent back without any further help provided.

Forty-four percent of Czechs said they were against any government help to refugees, either Muslim or Christian.

According to Focus, the most radical opinions were voiced mainly by people aged over 55, unemployed and those with low incomes.

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