Immigration into Europe: Economic Discrimination, Violence, and Public Policy

Posted: 21 May 2014

See all articles by Rafaela M. Dancygier

Rafaela M. Dancygier

Princeton University - Department of Political Science; Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

David Laitin

Stanford University - Department of Political Science; Stanford Immigration Policy Lab

Date Written: May 2014

Abstract

Immigration has irreversibly changed Western European demographics over the past generation. This article reviews recent research drawing implications of this migration for labor-market discrimination and for immigrant - state and immigrant - native violence. It further reports on research measuring the effects of political institutions and policy regimes on reducing the barriers to immigrants' economic integration. In the course of reviewing the literature, we discuss some of the methodological challenges that scholars have not fully confronted in trying to identify the causes and consequences of discrimination and violence. In doing so, we highlight that future work needs to pay greater attention to sequencing, selection, and demographic effects. Further, we suggest ways to resolve contradictory findings in regard to preferred policies aimed at advancing immigrants' economic performance.

Suggested Citation

Dancygier, Rafaela M. and Laitin, David, Immigration into Europe: Economic Discrimination, Violence, and Public Policy (May 2014). Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 17, pp. 43-64, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2439666 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-polisci-082012-115925

Rafaela M. Dancygier (Contact Author)

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Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Princeton University
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David Laitin

Stanford University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Stanford Immigration Policy Lab

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Stanford, CA 94305
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