Eurobarometer research by Kantar's TNS has found that the UK
tops the league of European countries when it comes to levels of
concern about the management of EU borders. British people are also
more likely to be concerned about terrorism and cybercrime than
many of our European neighbours.
The study into European attitudes towards security found that
overall most people in Britain agree that their country is a secure
place to live (84%, +5pp since 2011); however, there are a number
of perceived threats and challenges.
59% of UK respondents think that management of the EU's external
borders is an important internal security challenge, this is the
joint highest number in Europe (with Bulgaria), the lowest figure
is 12%, in both Estonia and Sweden.
Overall, Terrorism is seen as the EU's most important security
challenge, but again, concern levels vary considerably from country
to country: 79% of people in the UK say it is very important
compared to 33% of people in Sweden. Since 2011, the proportion of
people identifying terrorism and religious extremism as important
challenges has increased substantially.
In eight Member States, at least a fifth of respondents consider
illegal immigration to be one of the most important security
challenges. Unsurprisingly, the highest proportions can be observed
in Malta (46%), Italy (40%) and Greece (33%), three Member States
located along the Mediterranean immigration route. In the UK, 20%
of people put illegal immigration in their top 3 challenges to the
security of EU citizens at the moment.
The UK is one of five countries where over 50% of respondents
think that cybercrime is an important internal security challenge
for the EU: Cyprus (66%), Ireland (60%), the UK (58%), Germany
(54%), and Greece (53%). At the other end of the scale, less than a
fifth of respondents in Estonia (16%) and Sweden (18%) identify
this as an important challenge.
Explore the data in detail in the full Eurobarometer security report.
Source : Kantar, Kantar TNS