Written by Clare Ferguson,
EU action on migration and the subsequent pressures on the Schengen area of free movement is of great interest to European citizens. The European Parliament, the only directly elected EU institution, recently commissioned a Eurobarometer survey to find out how citizens perceived EU action on migration and border management. Identifying the gaps between citizens’ perception of EU intervention, and possibilities for further action, EPRS looks at how the EU might increase cooperation with Member States in these areas.
The issue of migration
Migration issues figure among the policy areas which have the highest citizen support for EU involvement – often majority support and sometimes almost unanimous. Despite increased EU action in the area, citizens are still not satisfied with current policies, although they do not attribute a high priority to spending on migration. Faced with unprecedented migratory flows, the current migration management system has revealed serious shortcomings that arguably require more EU financial and practical support.
The protection of external borders
The majority of EU citizens expect greater EU intervention in the protection of its external borders. The EU, however, shares responsibility for border control with the Member States – all Member States (not only those on the periphery) – including the financial implications. The EU has already responded to public demand with further actions, such as the revised Schengen Borders Code, an entry-exit system, and a European Border and Coast Guard System. Further finances may be available and proposals exist to establish partnerships on migration management with key countries of origin and transit.
Read the complete briefing on:
- Public expectations and EU policies – The issue of migration
- Public expectations and EU policies – Protection of external borders
See other policy areas covered with this Eurobarometer.
Visit the European Parliament page on ‘Europe’s migration crisis‘.