How does Marriage Demand Stimulate Support for Immigration in Asia?

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages21
Journal / PublicationJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Online published27 Aug 2021
Publication statusOnline published - 27 Aug 2021


The previous literature suggests that citizens calculate the benefits of immigrants by assessing their impact on economic prospects. This paper argues that a type of social demand–the demand for marriage–also induces support for more liberal immigration policies. We conducted a survey experiment with 3,000 adults in China, where the population faces a shortage of women in the marriage market. The respondents were assigned to four groups, namely, a control group, a group with low-skilled worker shortage cues, a group with high-skilled worker shortage cues, and a group with marriage market crisis cues. We found that the marriage crisis treatment was effective to male respondents but not to female respondents. A supplementary examination of cross-national survey data showed that a gender imbalance at birth can elicit citizens’ higher support for immigration in 13 Asian countries/regions. The results show that, other than economic considerations, citizens’ concerns about marriage market competition can also stimulate immigration support.

Research Area(s)

  • Immigration support, marriage, China, Asia, public opinion on immigration