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Migration challenges are best tackled at EU level, says new Eurobarometer poll


Immigration and terrorism are EU citizens’ fastest-growing concerns, according to the latest Eurobarometer poll, commissioned by the European Parliament and published on Wednesday.

An EU average of 66% of respondents said that more decisions on migration should be taken at EU level, rather than by national governments alone, but the survey found marked differences among countries on all the issues addressed. The survey, of 28,150 Europeans aged over 15, took place between 19 and 29 September, a period when refugee arrivals at EU borders and tragic migrant deaths were being widely reported in the media.

National differences on migration, but majority of Brits in favour of more cooperation

On migration issues, an EU average of 66% of respondents said that decisions should be taken at EU level. 58% of British respondents also favoured more decision-making in matters of migration to be taken on the European level.

77% of Brits also believe that legal migration procedures should be the same across all of the EU's 28 member states. Furthermore 68% of Britons would like to see the distribution of the asylum-seekers to be decided at the EU level on the basis of binding quotas.

The Eurobarometer survey also addresses the issues of legal migration and EU financial support to EU border countries as well as perceptions of the presence of nationals from other EU member states.

Consult the full Eurobarometer survey here.

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