Attitudes Towards Minorities in Times of High Immigration

Artikel veröffentlicht: 06.02.2019

Do attitudes towards Germany’s largest minority groups change in times of higher (or lower) immigration, and how is this related to ethnic diversity in the city or neighbourhood the respondents live in? Weber followed young adults in Germany over a period of 5 years, combining data from the Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Survey in Four European Countries (CILS4EU) with geo-coded information on respondents’ place of residence as well as the level of immigration and media salience on the topic around the interview dates. When interviewed during months of higher immigration, respondents expressed more negative views on minorities, especially during 2015. Also, strong immigration into the neighbourhood is associated with more prejudice towards migrants. By contrast, on the more aggregated level of cities/counties, greater opportunities for interethnic contact lead to lower levels of prejudice.
Hannes Weber (2019): European Sociological Review, Volume 35, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages 239–257.