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Individual-Level Attitudes towards Immigrants over Time and across Contexts
Project responsable Didier Ruedin
   
Team member Sjoerdje Van Heerden
Marco Pecoraro

Veronica Preotu
Carla Xena
   
Project partner Eva Green
Tobias Müller
Sergi Pardos Prado
   
Abstract Countries across Western Europe attract large numbers of immigrants. While some regard immigration positively and underline benefits, others view it with suspicion. Scholars in many fields have studied why some individuals oppose immigration and foreigners more than others. Political scientists, sociologists, social psychologists, and economists have all refined the basic argument of unwanted competition in the labour market and increasingly underline the role of prejudice, ideology, context, and cultural values. However, scholars have not yet adequately addressed how attitudes towards immigration develop and change over time, and under what circumstances they are maintained. This creates the condition for ill-informed policy decisions and a perpetuation of resentment among parts of the population.

This research will remedy this gap in the literature by examining the dynamics of individual-level attitudes towards foreigners using panel data in a cross-national framework. The project will examine three related research areas – the role of neighbourhoods in shaping attitudes, socialisation, and the stability or persistence of attitudes. By so doing the study clarifies the relationship between individual background, context, and negative attitudes towards foreigners.
   
Keywords immigration, attitudes towards foreigners, panel data, dynamics, socialization
   
Project homepage http://www.snis.ch/project_individual-level-attitudes-tow...
   
Type of project Fundamental research project
Research area Migration
Method of financing SNIS
Status Completed
Start of project 1-11-2015
End of project 31-3-2018
Contact Didier Ruedin