U.S., European Immigration Views Stable Despite Economic Crisis and Arab Spring

The Transatlantic Trends: Immigration 2011 Report has found that public stances on immigration have not changed significantly in the last year, even in Europe where the perceived threat of movement from the Arab Spring was a central issue. When respondents were asked to list their chief concerns, the economy and unemployment were paramount. Perceptions of immigration as a problem or opportunity have changed little since 2008. In 2011, 52% of Europeans polled and 53% of Americans saw immigration as more of a problem than an opportunity, with the strongest pessimism in the U.K. (68%).

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