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Right-Wing Extremism and the Well-Being of Immigrants

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  • Andreas Knabe
  • Steffen Rätzel
  • Stephan L. Thomsen

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This study analyzes the effects of right-wing extremism on the well-being of immigrants based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) for the years 1984 to 2006 merged with state-level information on election outcomes. The results show that the life satisfaction of immigrants is significantly reduced if right-wing extremism in the native population increases. Moreover, the life satisfaction of highly educated immigrants is affected more strongly than that of low-skilled immigrants. This supports the view that policies aimed at making immigration more attractive to the high-skilled have to include measures that reduce xenophobic attitudes in the native population.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2841.

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Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_2841

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Keywords: well-being; life satisfaction; right-wing extremism; migration; SOEP;

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