EU: hits and myths
According to the results of the latest Eurobarometer poll, immigration – and not the economy or unemployment – is what has Europeans most preoccupied. In this edition, our fact checkers examine some of the statements made in Europe with regard to refugees and economic recovery.
- Monday, 19 October 2015
The German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen has taken in more refugees than the whole of France
TRUE - One of the hotly debated issues at present is a fairer distribution of the burden of accepting hundreds of thousands of asylum applicants within the EU. According to Hannelore Kraft, governor of Nordrhein-Westfalen (NRW), there is something wrong in Europe if NRW welcomes more refugees than the whole of France. The numbers prove her right, if only by a whisker: during the first six months of 2015, Kraft’s state took in 29,675 refugees while France accepted 29,450 refugees.