Survey: Terrorism, immigration top EU citizens' concerns

Written by Martin Banks on 22 December 2016 in News
News

Two new surveys show that immigration and terrorism continue to be seen as the most important issues facing the EU, albeit at a slightly lower level than at the last survey in spring 2016.

EU flags | Photo credit: Press Association


The surveys also suggest that support for the European Union's priorities and policies remains strong, and has increased since spring 2016.

These are two key results of the latest Standard Eurobarometer survey published on Thursday, together with the Special Eurobarometer survey, “Future of Europe”.

Asked about their main concerns, immigration remains on top of the issues facing the EU most frequently cited by citizens (45 per cent,-3 percentage points since spring 2016).


RELATED CONTENT


Terrorism (32 per cent,-7) remains the second most frequently cited item. It is well ahead of the economic situation (20 per cent,+1),  state of member states' public finances (17 per cent, +1) and unemployment (16 per cent,+1).

Immigration is number one concern for the EU in all member states, except Spain and Portugal.

At national level, the main concerns are unemployment (31 per cent,-2) and immigration (26 per cent,-2). The economic situation is in third place (19 per cent, unchanged).

Compared to the previous survey of spring 2016, support for the priority topics set by the European Commission has increased further, the surveys say.

Regarding the issue of migration, 69 per cent of Europeans say they are in favour of a common European policy on migration and 61 per cent are positive about migration of people from other EU member states. However, 56 per cent are negative about immigration of people from outside the EU.

Some 81 per cent of Europeans are in favour of the "free movement of EU citizens who can live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU".

Majorities of respondents support free movement in all countries.

About the author

Martin Banks is a senior reporter for the Parliament Magazine

Interested in this content?

Sign up to our free daily email bulletins.

 

Share this page

Tags

Categories

Related Articles

EU leaders agree to deepen military cooperation with PESCO
15 November 2017

New plans for closer cooperation between member states on defence and security have met with a positive response.

Ousted Catalan President flees to Brussels to ‘explain’ Catalan problem to EU leaders
31 October 2017

Carles Puigdemont vows to continue independence fight and contest 21 December snap elections called by Madrid.

Catalonia: Commission accused of unequal treatment
17 November 2017

The European Commission has been accused of unequal treatment in respect of Catalonia during a debate in Parliament on the rule of law in Malta.

Related Partner Content

PM+: EU must strengthen eastern and southern neighbourhood in fight against radicalism
16 July 2015

Secularism, as a bulwark to radicalisation, should be a key EU foreign policy priority, argues the European Foundation for Democracy's Tommaso Virgili.

What Europe can do to resolve the Qatar crisis
20 July 2017

If Europe is serious about fighting terrorism and extremism, the institutions of the EU need to be more actively engaged in the current situation involving Qatar, argues Richard Burchill.