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Discrimination against mobile European Union citizens before and during the first COVID-19 lockdown: Evidence from a conjoint experiment in Germany

Anita Manatschal, Xavier Fernández-i-Marín, Carolin Rapp, Christian Adam & Oliver James

Résumé One of the greatest achievements of the EU is the freedom of movement between member states offering citizens equal rights in EU member states. EU enlargement and the COVID-19 pandemic allow for a critical test of whether EU citizens are indeed treated equally in practice. We test preferential treatment of EU citizens in two hypothetical choice experiments in Germany at two different time points: in the period before and during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Theories of responses to threat suggest that the COVID-19 crisis should increase discrimination against mobile EU citizens. While our findings reveal sizeable discrimination based on nationality and language proficiency of mobile EU citizens, the findings also suggest that, contrary to expectations, discrimination did not increase in the initial COVID-19 crisis period.
   
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Citation Manatschal, A., Fernández-i-Marín, X., Rapp, C., Adam, C., & James, O. (2021). Discrimination against mobile European Union citizens before and during the first COVID-19 lockdown: Evidence from a conjoint experiment in Germany. European Union Politics, online view, 1-21.
   
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 1-10-2021
Nom du périodique European Union Politics
Volume online view
Pages 1-21
URL https://doi.org/10.1177/14651165211037208
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