For decades Europe has been a dream destination for many immigrants in search of a better life. Being a symbol of democracy, stability and opportunities, the old continent attracts more and more people every year.
The current geopolitical situation in several regions bordering Europe has been reinforcing the immigration stream, which led to new debates concerning immigration policy and regulations as well as to an intensification of nationalist and right-wing movements in many European countries.
How welcoming are Europeans?
Does immigration provide more opportunities and a boost to the economy, or is it a drain on budgets and the welfare system?
Should we protect the borders of "fortress Europe", or should we open its gates?
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He looks at his handcuffs. “I have never been handcuffed before”, he says in his broken English. “I am a doctor, I am a scientist. You are supposed to be a democratic country; I have taken the Hippocratic oath”.