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Anti-immigrant attitudes in a changing Europe

Research project What does the economic recession, the rise of the radical right, and demographic changes in Europe mean for anti-immigrant attitudes?

The aim of this project is to examine changes in attitudes towards immigrants in Europe. By analyzing the effects of economic, demographic and political developments within as well as across countries, we will explain general and group-specific trends in anti-immigrant attitudes.

Project overview

Project period

2015-01-01 2019-12-31

Funding

Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation (MMW)
Grant no: 2014.0019

Sveriges Riksbankens jubileumsfond (RJ)
Grant no: P14-0775:1

Research subject

Sociology

Project description

The aim of this project is to examine changes in attitudes towards immigrants in Europe. By analyzing the effects of economic, demographic and political developments within as well as across countries, we will explain general and group-specific trends in anti-immigrant attitudes. The topic is motivated by the need to understand what the economic recession, the rise of the radical right and the demographic changes in Europe mean for anti-immigrant attitudes. Previous research suggests that events such as these should affect attitudes towards immigrants, yet a comprehensive analysis of this dynamic process does not exist. Although it is not a dynamic theory in its original form, group threat theory serves as the theoretical basis for the proposed research, whose results should contribute to the development of this sociological theory of prejudice. We examine how patterns of attitudinal stability/change relate to broader economic, political, and demographic developments in society. Using a multi-level approach, we study trends in different groups (based on age, social class, political dispositions, etc.), within as well as across countries. To carry out the analyses, we utilize high quality survey data and macro indicators that are comparable across countries and across time. Recent improvements in data availability make it possible to expand the time frame, increase the sample size, and therefore perform far more comprehensive analyses than found in earlier scholarship. Doing so will not only enhance our understanding of how anti-immigrant attitudes change over time given specific circumstances, but also improve our general understanding of anti-immigrant attitudes —and by extension, of how such attitudes can be reduced.

Publications

2019
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, L12
Werner, Lena
2018
Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, Sage Publications 2018, Vol. 4 : 1-11
Hjerm, Mikael; Eger, Maureen A.; Danell, Rickard
2018
Scandinavian Political Studies, John Wiley & Sons 2018, Vol. 41, (3) : 283-306
Bohman, Andrea
2018
The effects of race, Stellenbosch: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA 2018 : 151-167
Eger, Maureen A.; Hjerm, Mikael
2018
European Political Science
Eger, Maureen A.; Valdez, Sarah
2018
International Studies in Sociology of Education, Abingdon: Taylor & Francis 2018, Vol. 27, (1) : 42-59
Hjerm, Mikael; Johansson Sevä, Ingemar; Werner, Lena
2017
International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Thousand oaks: Sage Publications 2017, Vol. 58, (5) : 440-463
Eger, Maureen A.; Breznau, Nate
2016
Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, Sage Publications 2016, Vol. 2 : 1-15
Kulin, Joakim; Eger, Maureen A.; Hjerm, Mikael
2016
Sociology Compass, John Wiley & Sons 2016, Vol. 10, (10) : 877-892
Eger, Maureen A.; Bohman, Andrea
2016
Journal of ethnic and migration studies, Taylor & Francis 2016, Vol. 11, (42) : 1729-1747
Bohman, Andrea; Hjerm, Mikael
2016
Acta Sociologica, Sage Publications 2016, Vol. 59, (3) : 195-214
Breznau, Nate; Eger, Maureen A.
2015
Ethnic and Racial Studies, Taylor & Francis Group 2015, Vol. 38, (15) : 2705-2721
Bevelander, Pieter; Hjerm, Mikael
2015
International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Sage Publications 2015, Vol. 56, (2) : 141-162
Hjerm, Mikael; Nagayoshi, Kikuko