English title: Who can enter? A Multilevel Analysis on Public Support for Immigration Criteria across 20 European Countries

Author(s): Eva G. T. Green -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2009


Drawing on social psychological threat theories and extending them to a national level, this study investigated individual- and country-level predictors of Europeans’ support for immigration criteria. Endorsement of ascribed and acquired immigration standards was analysed with survey data across 20 nations. Multilevel regression analyses revealed that among the individual-level predictors, perceived threat had the strongest relationship with support for both entry criteria. Low gross domestic product (GDP) and low refugee rate predicted approval of ascribed criteria. Cross-level interactions revealed that relationships between perceived threat and approval of acquired entry criteria were intensified in high GDP and high refugee rate contexts. The results corroborate predictions of social psychological threat theories and underscore the importance of including macro-social factors in the cross-national study of immigration attitudes.

Volume: 12

Issue: 1

From page no: 41

To page no: 60

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1177/1368430208098776

Journal: Group Processes & Intergroup Relations

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