Sexual Orientation and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in Western Europe

Ilan James Hogston, Anastasia Gorodzeisky

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Abstract

This paper investigates the attitudes of LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) individuals towards immigrants(specifically, perceived threat from the presence of immigrants in a country) and immigration (specifically,opposition to immigration) as attitudes of a minority group - out-group in terms of sexual orientation,towards another minority group - out-group in terms of nativity status. Using ESS survey data, the empirical analysis demonstrates that partnered LGB individuals in Western Europe perceived lower levels of threat from the presence of immigrants in their countries and expressed lower levels of opposition to immigration than partnered heterosexual individuals. The study further develops arguments regarding possible mechanisms underwriting the association between sexual orientation and attitudes towards immigrantsand immigration. The findings reveal that perceived group discrimination based on sexuality fully mediated the association between sexual orientation and attitudes towards immigrants and immigration. By contrast,political orientation only partially mediated this association. Added Keywords: anti-immigrant sentiment, perceived threat, opposition to immigration, cultural marginality theory.
Translated title of the contributionנטייה מינית ועמדות כלפי מהגרים והגירה במערב אירופה
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-77
Number of pages19
Journalהגירה
Volume13
StatePublished - 2023

IHP Publications

  • ihp
  • Attitude (Psychology)
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Europe
  • Immigrants
  • Minorities
  • Public opinion
  • Sexual minorities
  • Sexual minorities -- Population
  • Sexual orientation
  • Threat (Psychology)

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