In many European countries, political parties are using fear of foreigners to gain votes

The number of foreigners residing in various European countries are often a topic of intense debate, for example in the UK where UKIP have argued that too many foreigners have been let into the country - both from other EU-countries and other nations. 

However, if you look at the map here, made by Eurostat, the actual numbers of foreigners in the UK are not that different from other Western European countries - and actually somewhat lower than many of its neighbours. 

The map is based on statistics gathered by Eurostat, who has used the following definition of what constitutes a foreigner: 

"Foreign citizens refer to persons who are not citizens of the country in which they reside. They also include stateless persons."

The number for Latvia and Estonia are special, as the countries are home to many 'recognised non-citizens', mainly former Soviet Union citizens.

What do you think of the map? Do you think that it is realistic? Are there possibly any 'dark numbers' where people, for various reasons, are not counted in the statistical information used to create the map? 

Let us know your answers and any other comments you might have in the comment field below. Here you can find other European maps, infographics and caricatures.

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