A comparison of North American and European public opinion on immigration
Source: Transatlantic Trends, German Marshall Fund of the United States
From the Key Findings:
The results of the 2011 Transatlantic Trends: Immigration survey capture U.S. and European public opinion on a range of immigration and integration issues. The most important highlights of this year’s survey show 1) there is a remarkable stability of general immigration opinions over time, 2) the public supports European Union burden-sharing on migration resulting from the Arab Spring and increasingly favors European responsibility for setting immigrant admissions numbers, and 3) the public tends to favor highly educated immigrants but still prefers immigrants with a job offer.
Now in its fourth year, Transatlantic Trends: Immigration (TTI) measures public opinion on immigration and integration issues on both sides of the Atlantic. The countries included in the 2011 version of the survey were the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. When the report refers to European respondents, it is only meant to refer to the opinions of those in the five European countries surveyed this year.