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Should They Stay or Should They Go? Attitudes Towards Immigration in Europe

33 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2014  

Sarah Bridges

University of Nottingham

Simona Mateut

Nottingham University Business School

Date Written: September 2014

Abstract

This paper examines the main determinants of individual attitudes towards immigration in Europe. Our results suggest that both economic and non‐economic variables shape attitudes towards immigration, but the relative importance of these factors depends crucially on the race/ethnicity of the arriving immigrants. While fears over labour market competition are more likely to shape attitudes towards the arrival of same race immigrants, more exposure to immigrants reduces opposition towards the arrival of different race immigrants. These findings persist after controlling for socioeconomic characteristics, and after exploiting the data to allow for cohort‐specific effects.

Suggested Citation

Bridges, Sarah and Mateut, Simona, Should They Stay or Should They Go? Attitudes Towards Immigration in Europe (September 2014). Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 61, Issue 4, pp. 397-429, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2472490 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjpe.12051

Sarah Bridges (Contact Author)

University of Nottingham ( email )

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Simona Mateut

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

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Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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