How are Attitudes Towards Immigrants in Europe Shaped by Regional Contexts? A Study of the Conditioning Relationship between Immigrants’ Concentration and Socioeconomic Environment

28 Pages Posted: 28 May 2019

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Rezart Hoxhaj

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre

Carolina V. Zuccotti

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre

Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

Research on the relationship between the local share of immigrants and natives’ attitudes towards immigration has neglected the conditioning role of the socioeconomic environment. In this paper, we use data from the European Social Survey (2014) in combination with aggregated data collected at the NUTS3 geographical level on 12 European countries to study this relationship. We find that an increase in the concentration of immigrants leads to more positive attitudes towards immigrants, and that this effect decreases as the socioeconomic conditions of areas worsen. In the most deprived areas (lowest GDP per capita, highest unemployment rate), however, a higher concentration of immigrants does not have an effect on attitudes.

Keywords: Attitudes; Immigrant concentration; Europe; NUTS3

JEL Classification: R23; J15; F22; O52

Suggested Citation

Hoxhaj, Rezart and Zuccotti, Carolina V., How are Attitudes Towards Immigrants in Europe Shaped by Regional Contexts? A Study of the Conditioning Relationship between Immigrants’ Concentration and Socioeconomic Environment (May 2019). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2019/34, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3393555 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3393555

Rezart Hoxhaj (Contact Author)

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre ( email )

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Italy

Carolina V. Zuccotti

European University Institute - Migration Policy Centre ( email )

Villa Malafrasca
Via Boccaccio 151
Florence, I-50133
Italy

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