The present paper is published in the framework of Fondazione ISMU’s strategic line of research Immigration and the future of Europe
The Brexit referendum marked a no-return point in the history of the European construction. First member state ever to leave the Union, the UK was the theatre of a fierce campaign opposing positions on immigration to economic interests.
Now that the anti-immigration camp seems to have won the game, this paper proposes to step back a little bit and consider the consistency of the link between EU scepticism and position on immigration for political parties across Europe and over the last ten years.
I show that if the UK may well be a one-of-a-kind instance, the link between the two issues does exist across EU member states over time.