24.hu | If you come to Hungary… Or would you rather not come at all?
Looking at the issue in different social segments, it is interesting to note that the common perception that fears of immigration are less pronounced in younger generations is only partially reflected in the data. The youngest age group (18-29), for example, is slightly more averse than the population as a whole, but 30-39 year olds do seem to be more open to immigration (4.1 on the economic scale and 4.6 on the cultural scale). One possible explanation for this is the so-called contact theory, which suggests that the more personal experience a person has with immigrants, the more open they are to them. Given their workplace and international experience, it may be the over-30s (but not the elderly) who are more likely to have this type of contact.
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