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Cypriots among most likely to help people in developing countries

October 17, 2018 at 3:02pm

Cypriots are among the EU citizens who are most likely to think that helping people in developing countries is important, according to the latest Eurobarometer.

Specifically, 64% of the 503 Cypriots who participated in the survey, said that they think that it very important to help people in developing countries, the second highest percentage in the EU.

The highest was observed in Sweden with 66%, while the lowest percentage was in Estonia, with 15%.

Almost all Cypriot respondents (95%) said that it is important to help people in developing countries.

Also, with 93%, Cypriots are the Europeans more likely to think that tackling poverty in developing countries should be one of the EU’s main priorities. 55% said that it should be a priority of our national government.

Moreover, Cypriots are the EU citizens most likely to think that tackling poverty in developing countries has a positive impact on the EU (92%). 89% think that this would be an effective way to tackle irregular migration.

Cypriot respondents were also the second most likely (90%) to say that private companies should play an important role in the sustainable development of developing countries. The Portuguese were in the first place with (94%).

Cyprus had the highest percentage (91%) in the EU of citizens who believe that providing financial assistance to developing countries is an effective way to tackle poverty. 44% of Cypriot respondents said that the EU should provide more funds to developing countries, which was the second highest percentage after Malta (46%).

Six in ten Cypriots (61%) think that they can, as individuals, play a part in tackling poverty in developing countries, the biggest increase in the EU since 2016.

The trend since 2016 shows respondents in 26 countries are now more likely to say they are not personally involved in helping people in developing countries, with the largest increases observed in Portugal (+22%), Slovakia (+13%), and the United Kingdom, Ireland and Belgium (all +12%). Cyprus is the only country where respondents are now less likely to say this (-6%).

Compared to the previous Eurobarometer in 2016, respondents in Cyprus are among the most likely to say they are now doing voluntary work (12%).

Also, in all but three countries, respondents are now less likely to say they give money to an organisation, with the largest declines seen amongst those in Finland, Portugal and Luxembourg (all-13%) and Slovakia (-10%). Cyprus is the only country where respondents are now more likely to do this (+5%), while there has been no change in Estonia.

In 17 countries respondents are now less likely to say they make ethical choices when they shop, with the largest declines observed in Belgium and Luxembourg (both -15%) and Lithuania (-11%). On the other hand, Cypriots are now more likely to say they do this (+9%), the largest increase in the EU.

Finally, 74% of Cypriots said that they think that EU development policy should focus on gender equality, the second highest percentage after Sweden’s 78%.

A developing country is usually considered to be a country with a less developed industrial base and a low Human Development Index (HDI) relative to other countries.

However, there is no universal agreed upon definition of developing countries and no clear agreement on which countries fit this category.

According to the IMF, Cyprus graduated the list of developing countries as an advanced economy in 2001. It is now considered as an advanced, high-income economy with a very high Human Development Index.

See all Eurobarometer reports, summaries and fact sheets here.