Attitudes Toward Immigrants & the Role of Elites‘ Discourses

Artikel veröffentlicht: 01.01.2020

This article examines the link between articulations of national political parties (political elite discourses) and natives’ attitudes toward Muslim immigrants and ethnically similar immigrants. Combining European Social Survey data with party manifesto data and other sources, the analysis reveals that political elite discourses perform better in explaining natives’ attitudes compared to national demographic or economic aspects. Native Europeans’ attitudes toward Muslim immigrants are more hostile in countries where political elites are more exclusionary and more welcoming where political elites are more inclusionary. In contrast, Europeans’ views on ethnically similar immigrants seem largely ...

... unaffected by exclusionary political elites. These findings suggest that political elites can play an important role in fostering or impeding immigrant integration by shaping public opinion, particularly toward more marginalized immigrant groups.

Paper by Christian S. Czymara, published in "International Migration Review" 2019 online first & ungated. Read full paper here.

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