Preferences for immigration restriction and opinions about immigrants' economic impacts
English title: Preferences for immigration restriction and opinions about immigrants' economic impacts
Author(s): Y. Tamura -
Type: Report, working paper
Our analysis of survey data from 7 EU countries during the period 2002-2003 suggests that personal opinions about how immigrants would affect the national labor market and the domestic public finance in the destination countries do not explain citizens' preferences for restricting immigration. We find somewhat unexpectedly that employers were more likely to prefer immigration restriction than the rest. Those who relied on unemployment benefits were less likely to prefer immigration restriction than the others, although they were more likely to anticipate a negative labor market impact of immigration. The higher the relative income position, the lower the probability of preferring immigration restriction and also thinking that immigrants would negatively affect the national labor market. However, those whose income was relatively high were more likely to expect a negative net fiscal impact of immigration than low-income citizens.
Institution: Institute for International Integration Studies, Trinity College Dublin
Number of pages: 0