Strong Support for EU Burden-Sharing on North African Immigrants

Strong majorities in all countries polled in Europe supported European burden-sharing on the North African crisis, with 80% of respondents agreeing that responsibility should be shared by all countries in the European Union rather than borne solely by the country where migrants first arrive. Once again, lowest support was expressed in the United Kingdom (68%), and highest support in Italy (88%) followed by Spain (85%), as seen in Chart 6. In those countries most proximate to the movement and bearing the brunt of flows, the public expressed the greatest interest in receiving support from other countries in the region. This diversity speaks directly to the contrasting perspectives on migration issues experienced in different parts of the European continent,and the continuing challenges of cooperation and harmonization of practices.

Support for EU Burden Sharing on North African Migrants