The maps above show how Europeans feel about their children being in relationships with people from different racial/religious minorities. (Black, Asian, Muslim and Jewish).
The data comes from the 2015 Eurobarometer report on Discrimination in the EU.
You can see each map in more detail below:
Would You Feel Comfortable If Your Child Was In A Relationship With a Black Person?
On average only 64% of EU citizens would be comfortable with their sons or daughters being in a relationship with a Black person. However, the results vary widely by country.
Sweden is the most accepting at 89%, followed by Luxembourg 85%, Netherlands 83%, Denmark 82%, and the UK at 81%.
The least accepting country is Bulgaria at 21%, followed by the Czech Republic and Slovakia at 23% each.
Would You Feel Comfortable If Your Child Was In A Relationship With an Asian Person?
On average EU citizens are slightly more accepting of relationships with Asians over Blacks, with 69% having no issue with their sons or daughters being in a relationship with an Asian person.
Sweden is once again the most accepting at 92%, followed by Luxembourg 87%, France 85%, Denmark 85%, Netherlands 84% and the UK at 80%.
The least accenting country was the Czech Republic at 25%, followed by Slovakia 26%, Bulgaria 32%, Cyprus 35%, and Lithuania at 36%.
Would You Feel Comfortable If Your Child Was In A Relationship With a Muslim Person?
Unfortunately, although not surprising, many Europeans would not support their sons or daughters being in a relationship with a Muslim person. Overall, only 50% of EU citizens would have no issue.
Sweden and the UK are the most accepting at 69% each, followed by France 65%, Luxembourg 63% and Ireland 61%.
The least accepting are Czech Republic at 12%, followed by Slovakia at 16%, Cyprus 23%, Lithuania 25% and Bulgaria 27%.
Would You Feel Comfortable If Your Child Was In A Relationship With a Jewish Person?
Finally, for a continent with such a troubled past with Antisemitism, it’s somewhat concerning that only 69% of EU citizens would support their sons or daughters being in a relationship with a Jewish person.
The most accepting countries were Sweden 87%, followed by France 81%, Netherlands 81%, the UK 81% and Luxembourg 80%.
The least accepting were Cyprus and Slovakia at 36% each, followed by Malta 45%, Romania 45%, Greece 46%, Lithuania 48%, and the Czech Republic 49%.
Germans at 68% acceptance, while from the least accepting, were still below the EU average.
For more on this subject have a look at the following books:
- The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Europe: A History
- A Suitable Enemy: Racism, Migration and Islamophobia in Europe
- Racism in Europe: 1870-2000
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