English title: The Ways Europeans View Foreigners’ Impact on Society: A Cross-National Comparison

Author(s): Moshe Semyonov - Anastasia Gorodzeisky -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2011

Abstract

In the following analysis we examine public views of the impact foreigners exert on society and some trends in such views. The availability of the European Social Survey (ESS) and the Eurobarometer Surveys provide us with opportunity to compare across a large number of countries public attitudes toward the impact that foreign populations exert on European societies as well as trends in such attitudes. In the data presented in this chapter we will, first, examine change in public views of the impact foreigners exert on the country in which they live between 1988 and 2000 for 12 European countries (based on analysis of the Eurobarometer Surveys in 1988 and 2000), and second, compared views on the impact foreigners have on society across 21 European countries in 2002/3 (based on analysis of the recent European Social Survey).

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Anthology: Combating Racism and Xenophobia: Transatlantic and International Perspectives