A new Eurobarometer survey has found that an overwhelming majority of Hungarians believe providing financial aid to developing countries is an effective way of managing illegal migration.
The report found that 66 percent of Hungarians say financial assistance is an effective way of addressing illegal migration, with 29 percent saying the European Union should spend more on helping developing countries.
The survey, titled the Special Eurobarometer report on EU citizens and development cooperation, also found that 79 percent of Hungarians believe it is important to support people in developing countries.
What’s more, 67 percent say that tackling poverty in those countries should be among the EU’s main priorities and 52 percent believe it should also be a priority of the national government. A total of 77 percent agreed that addressing poverty in developing countries is in the EU’s own interest.
The figures also show that 70 percent of respondents said providing financial assistance to those countries was an effective way to strengthen the bloc’s influence in the world, while 72 percent agreed that development cooperation contributes to a more peaceful and equal world.
Finally, 80 percent of Hungarians said private companies should play a large role in the sustainable development of developing countries.
The survey was compiled from the interviews of over 27,000 people from all 28 EU member states in June.