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The Impact of Social Expenditure on Attitudes Towards Immigration in Europe

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Jaime Castillo, Antonio M. and Marqués Perales, Ildefonso and Álvarez Gálvez, Javier (2015) The Impact of Social Expenditure on Attitudes Towards Immigration in Europe. Social Indicators Research . ISSN 0303-8300

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Official URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11205-015-0939-0



Abstract

There is a growing body of literature dealing with the causes behind antiimmigrant sentiment and xenophobia. Based on the literature on the fiscal burden model, this paper contends that the differences in attitudes toward immigration, between low and high statuses, can be explained by the size of the welfare state. We argue that the impact of socio-economic status on attitudes toward immigration is larger in countries where social expenditure is high. Since a potential increase in the number of welfare recipients due to new immigrants might lead to a reduction in per capita transfers, low-income individuals in these countries are expected to be more concerned about the effect of immigration on social benefits. Using multilevel models and data from the European Social Survey we have found that while the effect of socio-economic status on attitudes toward immigration is positive there is a great deal of variation between countries. The difference in attitudes between high and low socio-economic statuses increases as social expenditure increases. Moreover, increases of social expenditure in the short run increases anti-immigrant sentiment as it raises concerns about the impact of immigration on welfare services


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Immigration, Xenophobia, Welfare state, Social expenditure, Socio-economic status &
Subjects:Social sciences > Sociology > Immigrants and refugees
Social sciences > Sociology > Racism
Social sciences > Social service > Social policy
ID Code:30973
Deposited On:18 Jun 2015 08:54
Last Modified:18 Jun 2015 15:06

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