Immigration has risen to the highest 3 of Ecu voters’ considerations, in keeping with an Eurobarometer survey printed by way of the Ecu Fee on Monday (10 July).
Inflation and the price of residing, and the struggle in Ukraine, stay the 2 maximum urgent present problems going through EU citizens, however immigration has moved from 6th to 3rd position in simply six months.
And the diversities between EU voters’ first fear and the second one and 3rd are tiny: 27 % responded inflation, 25 % the world state of affairs and 24 % immigration.
As well as, nearly three-quarters of respondents are in favour of strengthening the EU’s exterior borders and greater than two-thirds beef up a not unusual Ecu asylum gadget.
Against this with the immigration factor, considerations about Europe’s power provide dropped sharply, by way of ten share issues — and greater than eight-out-of-ten respondents mentioned the EU must spend money on renewable power and build up power potency.
With Ecu elections scheduled for June 2024 and home elections in international locations equivalent to Spain, Luxembourg, Poland, and the Netherlands within the coming months, the survey presentations which problems are of maximum fear to citizens at the flooring.
On a countrywide degree, emerging prices stay by way of a long way essentially the most urgent factor for 45 % of Ecu voters, who’ve observed meals and effort costs jump within the wake of the coronavirus disaster and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Financial potentialities have progressed for the reason that final survey in January and February, however all member states — excluding Portugal — nonetheless imagine that the nationwide economic system will keep the similar or worsen over the following 12 months.
Regardless of a celebration political backlash of ‘regulatory fatigue’ towards the EU’s Inexperienced Deal, the surroundings and local weather trade have additionally risen up the schedule of Europeans at nationwide degree, along different problems equivalent to housing, pensions and training.
Accept as true with the EU — or no longer?
Total, neither the upward thrust of the far-right events in some Ecu international locations nor the Qatargate scandal within the Ecu parliament appear to have affected voters’ symbol of the EU.
Voters’ consider within the Ecu Union has remained solid, and acceptance of Ecu establishments stays upper than that of nationwide ones (47 % vs 32-33 %).
Denmark, Portugal and Sweden are the member states the place political consider within the EU establishments is absolute best.
In Greece, France, and Cyprus the image is relatively the other, with 54-56 % of respondents pronouncing they don’t consider the EU.
Alternatively, consider within the EU-27 has progressed a number of the candidate international locations. Alternatively, it stays very low in Serbia, Moldova, North Macedonia and Turkey (in spite of an build up of 12 share issues), the place it does no longer even achieve part of the inhabitants.
The survey may no longer be performed in Ukraine “because of the location at the flooring”, however the majority of member states believe the verdict to grant it attainable EU candidate standing, albeit with nuances.
Opposition was once robust in international locations equivalent to Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, the place no less than 45 % of respondents mentioned they disagreed with the verdict.