Public Opinion toward Immigration, Refugees and Identity in Europe, A Closer Look at What Europeans Think and How Immigration Debates Have Become So Relevant (2019)


Recent dramatic changes in Europe’s political landscape are closely related to an increase in support for parties that take a strong stance against immigration. The purpose of this article is to provide a nuanced picture of public opinion on the issue of immigration, and specifically refugees, provide some background on why these issues are important, and examine how the issue has been instrumentalized by authoritarian populists in Europe to mobilize the public in their support.