Who are the Europeans that Europeans prefer? Economic conditions and exclusionary views toward European immigrants

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Abstract

This article suggests that the economic standing of foreigners' country of origin may become grounds for the emergence of an inclination to exclude an out-group population from the country. Moreover, exclusionary attitudes based on the economic standing of the immigrant's country of origin may vary according to the economic conditions of the destination country. Data obtained from European Social Survey for 21 countries show that exclusionary views directed exclusively at foreigners from 'poorer countries in Europe' or at foreigners 'from richer countries in Europe' are quite substantial. Multi-level analyses reveal that differential preferences of immigrants from relatively rich and poor European countries indeed interact with the economic conditions of the host societies. Support for the exclusion of European foreigners from 'poorer countries' tends to be less pronounced in economically prosperous places while support for exclusion of European foreigners from 'richer countries' tends to be less pronounced in economically depressed places. The findings are discussed in the light of sociological literature and the context of modern European society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-113
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Comparative Sociology
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Europe
  • cross-national analysis
  • exclusionary attitudes
  • immigration

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