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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.

Head of project

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

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences

Research area

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

Social Indicators Research, Springer 2020, Vol. 147 : 897-919
Hjerm, Mikael; Eger, Maureen A.; Bohman, Andrea; et al.
Welfare state legitimacy in times of crisis and austerity: between change and vontinuity, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing 2020 : 177-198
Eger, Maureen A.; Larsen, Christian Albrekt; Mewes, Jan
Religion and Neo-Nationalism in Europe, Baden-Baden, Germany: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft 2020 : 61-84
Eger, Maureen A.
Mainstreaming the global radical right: CARR yearbook 2019/2020, Ibidem-Verlag 2020 : 362-365
Eger, Maureen A.; Hjerm, Mikael
Tracking the rise of the radical right globally: CARR yearbook 2018/2019, Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag 2019 : 41-44
Eger, Maureen A.
Akademiska avhandlingar vid Sociologiska institutionen, Umeå universitet, 81
Werner, Lena
Europe at the crossroads: confronting populist, nationalist, and global challenges, Nordic Academic Press 2019 : 113-134
Eger, Maureen A.; Valdez, Sarah
Tracking the rise of the radical right globally: CARR Yearbook 2018/2019, Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag 2019 : 135-138
Eger, Maureen A.; Hjerm, Mikael
European Political Science, Springer 2019, Vol. 18, (3) : 379-399
Eger, Maureen A.; Valdez, Sarah
Ethnic and Racial Studies, Routledge 2019, Vol. 42, (9) : 1514-1533
Mitchell, Jeffrey
Frontiers in Sociology, Frontiers Media S.A. 2019, Vol. 4
Bohman, Andrea; Hjerm, Mikael; Eger, Maureen A.
Scandinavian Political Studies, John Wiley & Sons 2018, Vol. 41, (3) : 283-306
Bohman, Andrea
Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, Sage Publications 2018, Vol. 4 : 1-11
Hjerm, Mikael; Eger, Maureen A.; Danell, Rickard
The effects of race, Stellenbosch: AFRICAN SUN MeDIA 2018 : 151-167
Eger, Maureen A.; Hjerm, Mikael
The Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (CARR) 2018
Valdez, Sarah; Eger, Maureen A.
International Studies in Sociology of Education, Abingdon: Taylor & Francis 2018, Vol. 27, (1) : 42-59
Hjerm, Mikael; Johansson Sevä, Ingemar; Werner, Lena
International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Thousand oaks: Sage Publications 2017, Vol. 58, (5) : 440-463
Eger, Maureen A.; Breznau, Nate
Journal of ethnic and migration studies, Taylor & Francis 2016, Vol. 11, (42) : 1729-1747
Bohman, Andrea; Hjerm, Mikael
Acta Sociologica, Sage Publications 2016, Vol. 59, (3) : 195-214
Breznau, Nate; Eger, Maureen A.
Sociology Compass, John Wiley & Sons 2016, Vol. 10, (10) : 877-892
Eger, Maureen A.; Bohman, Andrea
Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, Sage Publications 2016, Vol. 2 : 1-15
Kulin, Joakim; Eger, Maureen A.; Hjerm, Mikael
Ethnic and Racial Studies, Taylor & Francis Group 2015, Vol. 38, (15) : 2705-2721
Bevelander, Pieter; Hjerm, Mikael
International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Sage Publications 2015, Vol. 56, (2) : 141-162
Hjerm, Mikael; Nagayoshi, Kikuko