The increasingly tense situation at the EU’s external borders is evidently causing concerns about a new wave of refugees in Austria to grow. This emerges from the government’s new integration barometer, according to which every second respondent stated that they often or very often give thought to the topic. That is an increase of seven percent compared to February.
Overall, the majority of Austrians rate coexistence with immigrants and refugees rather poorly. Above all, their attitudes towards women (55%), cultural and linguistic differences (53%) as well as propensity to violence and crime (52%) are criticized. Furthermore, a clear majority of 72 percent agrees with the statement that parallel societies have formed in Austria.
The Austrians are also worried about the increasing influence of political Islam in this country – the topic is now in second place among the worry topics behind the Corona crisis. As an aside: Last but not least, “Global warming and environmental issues” were the top concerns. “We can see that after the Corona crisis, the integration issues have increased in importance again,” said Integration Minister Susanne Raab (ÖVP) on Tuesday the result. “It is noticeable that attitudes towards women are seen as the biggest problem when living together with immigrants. It is therefore all the more important that we tackle this problem consistently, break up patriarchal role models and strengthen women in the area of integration – both are central points of my integration and women’s policy. “