English title: The dynamic relations between economic conditions and anti-immigrant sentiment: A natural experiment in times of the European economic crisis

Author(s): Anabel Kuntz - Eldad Davidov - Moshe Semyonov -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2017

Abstract

Theories on intergroup relations suggest that negative attitudes toward immigrants tend to rise when economic conditions deteriorate. However, these arguments were mostly tested during times of economic prosperity in Europe. We put this theoretical expectation to test by analyzing two rounds of the European Social Survey (ESS) with data from 14 West European immigration countries before (2006) and after (2010) the peak of the European economic crisis. Results show that anti-immigrant sentiments increased in countries where perceptions of economic insecurity also increased. Anti-immigrant sentiments decreased in countries where perceptions of economic insecurity declined. In contrast, changes in objective economic conditions (i.e. unemployment rates) during the same period of time did not display the expected effects in a similarly robust way.

Volume: 58

Issue: 5

From page no: 392

To page no: 415

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/0020715217690434

Journal: International Journal of Comparative Sociology

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