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"Opposition to immigration: Self-interest or public interest?"

Lahav, Gallya. (2003) "Opposition to immigration: Self-interest or public interest?". In: UNSPECIFIED, Nashville, TN. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Why do some Europeans feel threatened by immigrants more than others? Some studies have suggested that there is a pattern of negative attitudes toward immigrants which rises according to the size of immigrant population. This follows accounts of electoral behavior; extreme-right parties such as the French FJ tend to do best in areas of high immigrant concentration. Others have suggested that the feeling that there were too many immigrants might be strong even in countries where the proportion of immigrants is relatively high. Although much has been written about "immigration thresholds," how immigrant size translates into immigrant rejection remains unclear and ambiguous. This paper attempts to uncover these contradictions by disentangling the effects of personal concerns from societal consideration and by looking at the different motivations underlying peoples' assessment. It argues that people tend to separate their personal concerns from broader judgments about societal threat when thinking about immigration. It suggests that while immigrant numbers matter, it may only be in contest of other threats (i.e., security, European integration) that they fully make sense.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > Third Pillar/JHA/PJC > immigration policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2003 (8th), March 27-29, 2003
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2006
    Page Range: p. 27
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:42
    URI: http://aei.pitt.edu/id/eprint/6515

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