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The impact of immigration on election outcomes in Danish municipalities

  • Gerdes, Christer


    (Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS)

  • Wadensjö, Eskil


    (Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS)

In this paper we study the effects on support for different political parties following an increase in the immigrant share in Danish municipalities during a period marked by a substantial influx of refugees. The two anti-immigration parties in the political landscape of Denmark are among those that win votes as a result of this influx, but so also does a pro-immigration party on the left. Controlling for a number of social-economic aspects, our results thus point to some discontent with immigration; however, they do not support predictions of a general decline for political parties that are in favour of a generous welfare state, as proposed by some scholars.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University Linnaeus Center for Integration Studies - SULCIS in its series SULCIS Working Papers with number 2010:3.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 10 Mar 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sulcis:2010_003
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