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Attitudes towards immigration in Europe

Bridges, S. and Mateut, S. (2009) Attitudes towards immigration in Europe. Working Paper. Department of Economics, University of Sheffield ISSN 1749-8368


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This paper examines attitudes towards immigration across a range of countries in Europe. In line with the current literature we find evidence that both economic and non-economic factors shape attitudes towards the arrival of immigrants. However, we also show that the relative importance of these factors depends crucially on the race of the arriving immigrants. We find that economic considerations are more likely to shape attitudes towards the arrival of same race immigrants, while immigrants of a different race are perceived to have a negative impact on the country´s culture. Moreover, educated natives perceive labour market competition from arriving immigrants of the same race only.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Keywords: attitudes, immigration, European Union
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Economics (Sheffield) > Sheffield Economics Research Papers Series
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2009 13:54
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 01:09
Published Version: http://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/research/serps/yea...
Status: Published
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Identification Number: Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series 2009008
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10004

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