Should they stay or should they go? Attitudes towards immigration in Europe

Bridges, S.J. and Mateut, Simona (2014) Should they stay or should they go? Attitudes towards immigration in Europe. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 61 (4). pp. 397-429. ISSN 1467-9485

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This paper examines the main determinants of individual attitudes towards immigration in Europe. Our results suggest that both economic and non-economic variables shape attitudes towards immigration, but the relative importance of these factors depends crucially on the race/ethnicity of the arriving immigrants. While fears over labour market competition are more likely to shape attitudes towards the arrival of same race immigrants, more exposure to immigrants reduces opposition towards the arrival of different race immigrants. These findings persist after controlling for socioeconomic characteristics, and after exploiting the data to allow for cohort-specific effects.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bridges, S. and Mateut, S. (2014), Should They Stay or Should They Go? Attitudes Towards Immigration in Europe. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 61: 397–429. doi: 10.1111/sjpe.12051 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Attitudes, Immigration, European Union
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Identification Number: 10.1111/sjpe.12051
Depositing User: Bridges, Sarah
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 13:27
Last Modified: 29 Dec 2017 03:15

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