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Attitudes towards immigration in Europe

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  • Sarah Bridges
  • Simona Mateut

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Abstract

This paper examines opposition towards immigration in Europe. Although we find evidence that both economic and non-economic variables shape attitudes towards the arrival of immigrants, the relative importance of these factors depends crucially on the race/ethnicity of the arriving immigrants. We find that more exposure to immigrants reduces opposition towards the arrival of different race immigrants, while fears over labour market competition are more likely to shape attitudes towards the arrival of same race immigrants. Social welfare considerations are also important in determining attitudes towards further immigration, but mainly towards those of a different race.

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  • Sarah Bridges & Simona Mateut, 2009. "Attitudes towards immigration in Europe," Working Papers 2009008, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics, revised May 2009.
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    1. Naiditch, Claire & Vranceanu, Radu, 2010. "Equilibrium migration with invested remittances: The EECA evidence," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 26(4), pages 454-474, December.
    2. repec:gam:jsusta:v:9:y:2017:i:9:p:1639-:d:112120 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Attitudes; Immigration; European Union;

    JEL classification:

    • F1 - International Economics - - Trade
    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers

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