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    National identity plays a key role in determining whether people view immigration as a threat

National identity plays a key role in determining whether people view immigration as a threat

What effect does national identity have on attitudes toward immigration? Clara Sandelind writes that it is not so much the strength of an individual’s national identity that determines whether they view immigration as a threat, but rather how an individual identifies with their country. She notes that those who identify with their country in an ethnic-cultural sense are more […]

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    Exposure to news about immigration and crime is positively associated with support for anti-immigration parties

Exposure to news about immigration and crime is positively associated with support for anti-immigration parties

What explains the electoral performance of anti-immigration parties across different countries? Bjorn Burscher examines the relationship between news about immigration and crime, and anti-immigration voting in 11 countries. He finds that exposure to these news topics is positively associated with the likelihood to vote for an anti-immigration party.

Anti-immigrant parties exist in many established democracies. Their electoral strength varies over […]

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    The assumption that less immigration equals less inequality is fundamentally flawed

The assumption that less immigration equals less inequality is fundamentally flawed

Does immigration exacerbate inequality? Katy Long presents evidence from her new book, The Huddled Masses: Immigration and Inequality, indicating that freedom of movement can play a vital role in combating poverty and opening up opportunities for both immigrants and a state’s native population. She argues that a restrictive migration policy in a country like the UK would only serve […]

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    The EU’s failure to attract the most talented temporary migrants from Eastern Partnership states is exacerbated by skill-downgrading among immigrants

The EU’s failure to attract the most talented temporary migrants from Eastern Partnership states is exacerbated by skill-downgrading among immigrants

The EU has an incentive to attract highly skilled migrants from neighbouring countries. Yet as Alexander M. Danzer and Barbara Dietz write, there are a number of barriers which inhibit the ability of the EU to attract talented migrants from Eastern Partnership states. They note that one of the main obstacles is that temporary migrants from Eastern Partnership countries […]

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Reducing European immigration to the UK may actually hasten ethnic change in Britain

Free movement in the European Union has been a source of controversy in the UK, with the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) being particularly critical of levels of EU immigration into the country. Eric Kaufmann writes that opposition to European immigration may be a veiled way of expressing deeper concerns over racial change. He notes that at the same […]

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EU freedom of movement is coming under increasing pressure in the UK and other European states

EU citizens have the right to live and work in any other EU state. As Roxana Barbulescu writes, however, this principle of freedom of movement has come under pressure from a number of recent developments. Focusing on the UK, she notes that while there are substantial economic benefits from freedom of movement, there is now growing support for putting restrictions […]

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