Two Peoples – Two Stories: Anti-Immigrant Attitudes in Post-Socialist Russia.

Anastasia Gorodzeisky, Anya Glikman

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This article investigates mechanisms underlying anti-immigrant sentiment in post-socialist Russia in particular, and in societies undergoing a search for new national identity borders in general. We argue that when the borders of national identity are drawn and redefined, the forces that drive anti-immigrant attitudes differ meaningfully for members of the ethnic majority group and for members of the minority population. Our empirical analysis utilizes data obtained from a representative sample of the Russian population by the European Social Survey (2006-2012). Descriptive data reveal that the level of anti-immigrant attitudes among ethnic Russians (the majority population) is higher than among non-ethnic Russians (ethnic minority group), reflecting the fact that the crisis of national identity in post-socialist Russia has undermined, primarily, a sense of group position of ethnic majority. Our main findings demonstrate that in post-socialist Russia, as a society undergoing the critical period of the reconsideration of national identity, the anti-immigrant attitudes of the ethnic majority group rely mostly on perceptions of collective (state) vulnerability, while the anti-immigrant attitudes of ethnic minority groups rely to a greater degree on individuals' vulnerable socioeconomic position, and conservative views and ideologies (i.e. self-interests).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-563
Number of pages21
JournalSocial Problems
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • Russia -- Emigration & immigration
  • National characteristics
  • Ethnic groups
  • Legal status of minorities
  • Immigration policy
  • anti-immigrant attitudes
  • group position theory
  • immigration
  • prejudice
  • Russia


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