Immigration has become one of the most pressing political issues of the modern day, and public opinion polls indicate that it has been of public concern for some time. This book argues that long-term concerns about immigration and concern about lack of government ability to deal with immigration are undermining trust in political systems in Europe. The reason this is happening is argued to partly be connected to the construction of the modern state and modern
democracy in particular. The book further contends that the nature of national identities is also likely to be important for understanding perceptions of national political systems in an age of migration.