Poll: Acceptance higher among people who know migrants

Gallup created the Migrant Acceptance Index to gauge people’s acceptance of migrants. The index is based on three questions Gallup asked in 138 countries in 2016 and in the U.S. and Canada in 2017. The questions ask whether people think migrants living in their country, becoming their neighbors and marrying into their families are good things or bad things. The higher the score, the more accepting the population is of migrants.

Scores on Gallup’s first global deployment of this index ranged widely across the total 140 countries where these questions were asked in 2016 and 2017, from a high of 8.26 in Iceland to a low of 1.47 in Macedonia.