Immigration tops the list for the Maltese both at a European level as well as at national level. The results stood at 61% and 50% respectively, in the first results of the Standard Eurobarometer for Autumn 2018. 40% of Europeans see immigration as the most important concerns in 26 EU Member States. According to the Eurobarometer, at a EU level immigration remains a concern for Estonia (65%), Malta (61%) as well as Slovenia and Czech Republic with 58% in both countries.
The second main concern for Maltese at EU level is terrorism which stands at 27% while at a national level, housing is the second main concern with 29% followed by the environment, climate and energy at 28%. On a European level, the Maltese seemed to be concerned with terrorism (27%) and crime (18%). The Maltese are least concerned with pensions, taxation and energy supply at an EU level in comparison to inflation and government debt both at 1% and economic situation, terrorism and taxation all of which stand at 3%.
At a European level, immigration is followed by terrorism, which remains in second position after a third consecutive decrease, the state of Member States’ public finance is in the third position after it increased by 2 percentage points. Climate change has registered the largest increase at a European level, with five percentage points.
The Standard Eurobarometer was carried out between 8 and 22 November in 34 countries or territories; the 28 EU Member States, five candidate countries (the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Montenegro, Serbia and Albania) and the Turkish Cypriot Community. Among the various political events which took place, the study listed national elections in Hungary which took place on 8 April and saw a large victory for Orban’s Fidesz party, the swearing in of the Italian coalition government following the 4 March election, the national elections in Slovenia, Latvia and Luxembourg, the presidential election in Ireland and the conclusion of Greece’s stability support programme on 19 August, among others.
Government reacts to Eurobarometer; claims it shows Maltese welcomed budgetary measures
In a statement the government said that the Eurobarometer showed that the Maltese welcomed the budgetary measures positively given that the study was carried out in November. The government claimed that despite the “attacks” from the Opposition trust in government has increased. It concluded its statement by promising more success for Malta.