The survey, conducted towards the end of last month, shows some 64 per cent of Britons believe the current level of immigration is making their country “a worse place to live”. The UK also scored the highest figure of any country in the survey when respondents were asked whether immigration had an adverse effect on state education and health systems. Some 63 per cent of Britons thought immigration levels made the National Health Service worse while 66 per cent said it made the state education system worse.

Six in 10 Spaniards said immigration was making their country a worse place to live.Some 67 per cent of Spanish respondents thought immigration to their country was making it harder to find a job, a figure well above those of other states. Some 32 per cent of Spaniards thought they were being paid less as a result of the number of immigrants entering the job market – again a figure considerably higher than in other states.

The poll shows that some 48 per cent of French respondents believe immigration has a negative impact on the economy, against 26 per cent who say it is positive.

Germany came last of any of the states when respondents were asked whether immigration was bad for the economy. Just 32 per cent of German respondents took this view, against 52 per cent who felt the same in the UK.

Immigration experts argue that fears are often based on false perceptions rather than facts. Although 40 per cent of Germans say immigration is making the country a worse place to live, Turkish emigration to Germany has declined dramatically since 2000. ”