English title: A Multilevel Analysis of Anti-Immigrant Sentiments in France

Author(s): Viviana Andreescu -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2017


Using the most recent European Social Survey (ESS7) data collected in France in 2014 from a representative sample of the population age 15 and over, the present study examines the French residents’ sentiments toward immigrants when individual and contextual factors at the region level are considered. Results show that immigrants are more likely to be perceived as socioeconomic, cultural, and safety threats by persons who experience economic hardship, show low levels of social attachment, are not concerned with the welfare and interests of others, live in ethnically homogeneous communities, tend to distance themselves at work and in the family from immigrants belonging to ethnic minority groups, overestimate the size of the immigrant population in the country, are politically conservative, are females, and belong to younger or older cohorts. At the region level, while employment effects on public attitudes are negligible, the natives’ aggregated personal economic circumstances appear to affect the residents’ sentiments toward immigrants, as economic theories of attitude formation would predict. In support of one of the contact theory’s versions, larger the proportion of foreign-born residents in a region, less intense anti-immigrant sentiments are.

Volume: 11

Issue: 1

From page no: 65

To page no: 97

Refereed: Yes


Journal: Journal of Identity and Migration Studies

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