Multicultural society "not rejected by Flemings"

Our health, social security, our personal finances, the climate and uncontrolled migration, these are the topics that most worry Flemish people.  Becoming incurably ill is our worst fear, while in politics the Flemings are most concerned about social security and our pensions. The results show most Flemings accept our multicultural society.

These are the findings of opinion research conducted by the VRT last spring among 3,200 Flemings over the age of 18.  

VRT News also polled opinions about diversity.  The result: a majority of Flemings don't reject the multicultural society.  An awful lot of people believe that newcomers should subscribe to "our values", though what our values are wasn't the subject of this present enquiry.

Newcomers must meet high standards though: more than speaking fluent Dutch is needed!  Many Flemings are uncomfortable meeting an official with a headscarf at a window.

Becoming incurably ill is our worst fear, followed by social security and pension worries.

Two thirds of Flemings indicated that they are worried about the climate, while other top concerns include 'not being able to put money aside' and 'the next generation being worse off than us'.

In addition to concern about our physical well-being worries about mental health too occupy the Flemish.  56% are worried about a mental breakdown. This fear is being linked to rough treatment on social media.

As political priorities Flemings identified: a good pension for all, good health care for all, combating crime, improved justice and better well-being provisions.  A good pension is the absolute priority for all, followed by affordable health care and adequate spending power.  Though crime doesn't feature at the top of the list Flemings feel the justice system needs to be improved.

Flemings are in two groups when it comes to the climate, Flemish autonomy and immigration.  A large group feels that these issues deserve greater attention, while a similarly large group feels they are getting too much attention.

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