Millions on the move
Europe has emerged as one of the world’s two major destination regions for immigrants since the 1990s. Today, there are 49.9 million international migrants in the European Economic Area, just slightly less than 50 million in North America. Europe is clearly a continent on the move, but it is equally clear that many Europeans are ill at ease with this.
James Hampshire is Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Sussex, and author of The Politics of Immigration: Contradictions of the Liberal State (Polity 2013)