Some 45% of the Dutch population believe immigration is a problem, up from 36% last year, according to a report by the US research organisation German Marshall Fund, reports Trouw on Friday.

While the Dutch figures are below the European average – a rise from 43% to 50% in the last year – the increase in anti-immigration sentiment is the sharpest in the Netherlands, according to Trouw.

Nevertheless, only 5% of the Dutch see immigration as the biggest problem facing the country. The economic situation tops the list of people’s concerns (44%).

The British are the most negative about immigration with 66% seeing it as a problem.