EU: hits and myths

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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. 


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.

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