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Attitudes towards immigration in Europe

  • Sarah Bridges
  • Simona Mateut

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield Author-Person=pma543)

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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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009008.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: May 2009
Date of revision: May 2009
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2009008
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