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    Migrants aged between 16 and 21 years, coming from different countries, attend a lesson on basics in law by Bavarian Justice Minister Winfried Bausback (unseen) at a trade school in Ansbach, Germany, January 11, 2016.

    Refugees Share Same Values With 1950’s German Society

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    The German Higher School of Journalism, Communication and Economy published a study on refugees’ attitudes towards democracy and their readiness to integrate.

    According to the poll, refugees support democratic concepts in Germany, however, their acknowledgement of what is actually “democracy” is non-existent.

    Their positions are similar to supporters of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) and Eurosceptic political parties and Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA).

    Respondents’ notions of morality are more conservative compared to views of indigenous German people. Refugees’ social and public values are more equitable to of German society in the 1950s.

    Forty-eight percent of respondents believed that premarital sexual relations were a sin and must be punishable.

    Most refugees would want to live in a neighborhood with German, but not next to mixed families, extramarital couples, homosexuals and Jews.

    Migrants are more tolerant about religion. Eighty seven per cent voiced their support for separation of state and religion. For them, faith is something personal.

    Ninety two per cent of migrants are Muslims. More than half of refugees believed that each person should chose his own religion.

    Eighty four per cent support freedom of speech and only 38 per cent are tolerant of satiric political drawings.

    Nearly 92 per cent consider that it is necessary to learn the German language and are interested in German culture. The majority wants to invest in noncompulsory education before looking for jobs.

    The published study is the first poll for refugees in Germany. In total, researchers polled 445 refugees.

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