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 Anti-Semitism level in Ukraine is lowest among Central and Eastern European countries

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March 29, 2018

Anti-Semitism level in Ukraine is lowest among Central and Eastern European countries

In some countries of Central and Eastern Europe, nearly one in five adults or more say that “they would not accept Jews as fellow citizens.” 

It is indicated in the results of the poll carried out by Pew Research Center in 18 countries of Central and Eastern Europe. 

The lowest level of everyday anti-Semitism among the Central and Eastern European countries was recorded in Ukraine: only 5% of Ukrainians would not like to see Jews among citizens of their countries. Low indices are also seen in Serbia and Bulgaria – 7% each. 

The highest level of anti-Semitism was recorded in Armenia (32%), Lithuania (23%) and Romania (22%). The anti-Semitism level is also quite high in the Czech Republic and Poland. 

18% of Poles declared that they would not like to see Jews among citizens of their country and 30% more said that they would not accept them as their family members. 

The authors of the research note that considering the attitude to Jews through the prism of the dominant religious groups of the region, there are no significant differences between Orthodox Christians and Catholics. Although there are significant differences between the countries, the attitude of Orthodox Christians in the region is mostly similar to the attitude of Catholics. 

For example, the same shares of Orthodox Christians and Catholics across the region (17 and 16 percent respectively) said that they would not like to see Jews as their neighbours. The same may be said about the attitude to Jews as citizens and family members.