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Perception of EU action as adequate at present: percentage points difference between 2016 and 2018

Figure 3 – Perception of EU action as adequate at present: percentage points difference between 2016 and 2018

There is a significant improvement in the evaluation of the EU involvement in the issue of migration since 2016. The proportion of Europeans who considered the EU action to be insufficient has dropped with eight percentage points (from 66 % in 2016 to 57 % in 2018), but this opinion is still shared by the majority of the European citizens. The proportion of Europeans who considered the EU action on the issue of migration to be adequate has increased by 7 percentage points (from 19 % in 2016 to 26 % in 2018). Despite the improvement in the evaluation of the EU performance in this area, involvement in the migration issue remains the policy area with the worst evaluation amongst those included in the study.
This positive change in evaluation of the EU’s involvement in the migration field is most prominent in Romania (increase of 19 percentage points), Ireland (increase of 14 percentage points) and in Bulgaria (increase of 12 percentage points). The improved evaluation of EU involvement is almost universal, with only three Member States demonstrating worse evaluation rates for EU action on migration in 2018 compared to 2016 This opposite trend is registered in Austria (decrease of 9 percentage points), in Malta (decrease of 8 percentage points) and in Luxembourg where the change is marginal (decrease of 1 percentage point).


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