The nature of anti-immigrant sentiment in post-socialist Russia

A. Gorodzeisky*, A. Glikman, D. Maskileyson

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The main aim of this study was to investigate whether the competition and cultural theoretical models that have received solid empirical support in the context of Western European societies can explain anti-foreigner sentiment in post-socialist Russia as a society searching for new national identity borders. Data obtained from the third round of the European Social Survey (2006) indicate a high level of anti-foreigner sentiment in contemporary Russia - more than 60% of Russians claimed that immigrants undermine the cultural life of the country, and almost 60% claimed that immigration is bad for the economy of the country. Our multivariate analysis showed that the two sets of individual-level predictors of anti-foreigner sentiment - the socioeconomic position of individuals (as suggested by the competition model) and conservative views and ideologies (as suggested by the cultural model) - are not meaningful in predicting anti-foreigner sentiment in post-socialist Russia. The results are discussed from a comparative sociology perspective and in the context of the Russian society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-135
Number of pages21
JournalPost-Soviet Affairs
Issue number2
StatePublished - 4 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Russia
  • anti-immigrant sentiment
  • xenophobia


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