Survey on xenophobia in Germany 2018

In 2018, 35.7 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that foreigners only came to Germany to take advantage of the welfare state. This statistic shows the results of a survey on agreement with xenophobic statements in Germany.

Xenophobic statements

This is a still sensitive topic for Germans, framed both by historic events and current ones, such as the influx of migrants and refugees arriving in Germany during recent years, following the overall refugee crisis in Europe. Based on the survey at hand, in the East of Germany more respondents tended to be skeptical or even negative about Germany’s future in connection with immigrants. Numbers have fluctuated in the last decade, though they began to rise since 2014.

Bigger issues

Concerns about xenophobia among the German population are closely linked to subsequent concerns about the spread of right-wing populism and nationalism, or acts of politically motivated crime. These issues worry not only Germany, both in terms of the population and the government, but other European countries as well.

Do you mostly or completely agree with the following statements (about immigrants in Germany)?*

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Release date

November 2018



Survey time period

Spring 2018

Number of respondents

2,416 respondents

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German citizens

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* The part of the question in brackets was not included in the question and was used for better understanding the statistic.
The source does not mention the specific question asked in the survey. Therefore the wording might differ slightly from the original.

The survey was taken from the study "Flucht ins Autoritäre". It is the result of a representative survey about the political climate in Germany among 2,416 persons aged 14 to 91. This survey was conducted by a team of the University of Leipzig including Elmar Brähler und Oliver Decker in cooperation with the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and the Otto-Brenner-Stiftung.

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