According to the latest Eurobarometer survey, immigration is the most pressing concern for Europeans: 38 per cent of them believe tackling immigration should be the top priority of their governments, while they were 24 per cent to believe so six months ago. The economic situation went down by 6 points to 27 per cent and unemployment (25 per cent, down by 5 points).

The issue has been "pushed up the political agenda as thousands of migrants from north and sub-Saharan Africa cross the Mediterranean Sea in search of a better life in Europe", writes EUobserver. According to Frontex, the EU border surveillance agency, 153,000 migrants arrived in Europe by the end of June this year, a 150 per cent increase on 2014.


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