Economic and Cultural Drivers of Immigrant Support Worldwide

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Author(s)

  • Nicholas A. VALENTINO
  • Stuart N. SOROKA
  • Shanto IYENGAR
  • Toril AALBERG
  • Raymond DUCH
  • Marta FRAILE
  • Kyu S. HAHN
  • Kasper M. HANSEN
  • Allison HARELL
  • Marc HELBLING
  • Simon D. JACKMAN

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1201–1226
Journal / PublicationBritish Journal of Political Science
Volume49
Issue number4
Online published1 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019

Abstract

Employing a comparative experimental design drawing on over 18,000 interviews across eleven countries on four continents, this article revisits the discussion about the economic and cultural drivers of attitudes towards immigrants in advanced democracies. Experiments manipulate the occupational status, skin tone and national origin of immigrants in short vignettes. The results are most consistent with a Sociotropic Economic Threat thesis: In all countries, higher-skilled immigrants are preferred to their lower-skilled counterparts at all levels of native socio-economic status (SES). There is little support for the Labor Market Competition hypothesis, since respondents are not more opposed to immigrants in their own SES stratum. While skin tone itself has little effect in any country, immigrants from Muslim-majority countries do elicit significantly lower levels of support, and racial animus remains a powerful force.

Research Area(s)

  • immigration, public opinion, economic, culture, skin tone, experimental

Citation Format(s)

Economic and Cultural Drivers of Immigrant Support Worldwide. / VALENTINO, Nicholas A.; SOROKA, Stuart N.; IYENGAR, Shanto; AALBERG, Toril; DUCH, Raymond; FRAILE, Marta; HAHN, Kyu S.; HANSEN, Kasper M.; HARELL, Allison; HELBLING, Marc; JACKMAN, Simon D.; KOBAYASHI, Tetsuro.

In: British Journal of Political Science, Vol. 49, No. 4, 10.2019, p. 1201–1226.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal