Integration Policies and Public Opinion: In Conflict or in Harmony?

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) Working Paper Series 2015-02

28 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2015

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Marie-Sophie Callens

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER); KU Leuven

Date Written: October 2015

Abstract

This paper investigates the statistical relationship between integration policies and public opinion toward immigrants. Overall, the eighteen reviewed studies indicate that integration policies are strongly associated with the general public’s level of perceived threat from immigrants and, perhaps, to their level of anti-immigrant attitudes. Inclusive policies can be said to reduce the level of perceived threat while exclusionary policies tend to reinforce perceptions of threat. Since most studies could not establish a causal link, further research is needed to corroborate the impact of integration policies on public opinion.

Keywords: integration policies, public opinion, MIPEX, review

JEL Classification: J15, Z18

Suggested Citation

Callens, Marie-Sophie, Integration Policies and Public Opinion: In Conflict or in Harmony? (October 2015). Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) Working Paper Series 2015-02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2694592 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2694592

Marie-Sophie Callens (Contact Author)

Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) ( email )

11, Porte des Sciences
Campus Belval – Maison des Sciences Humaines
Esch-sur-Alzette, L-4366
Luxembourg

KU Leuven ( email )

Oude Markt 13
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant 3000
Belgium

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