Western European countries have been a popular destination for large-scale immigration and refugee flows from the rest of the world, particularly since the Second World War. The aim of this overview is to critically examine the state of research on the relationship between anti-immigrant attitudes and attitudes toward European integration. Authors provide a detailed assessment of the European literature covering a large body of work over the last decade. The review of journal articles indexed in the SSCI reveals that attitudes toward immigrants play an important role in the formation of public opinion about the EU and its policies.
The aim of this overview is to critically examine the state of research on the relationship between anti-immigrant attitudes and attitudes toward European integration. We argue that the two most commonly used measures of anti-immigrant attitudes do not fully capture perceived threats from immigrants and opinion about different immigrant groups. Future research should pay more attention to two particular issues: first, scholars could employ methodological techniques that capture the underlying constructs associated with attitudes and public opinion; second, researchers could differentiate between groups within the overall immigrant population. This overview identifies themes in the literature while drawing attention to the need for more research on the behavioral underpinnings of anti-immigrant attitudes and public opinion on European integration.
Anti-immigration attitudes and the opposition to European integration: A critical assessment
Cigdem Kentmen-Cin, Cengiz Erisen
European Union Politics
2017, Vol. 18(1)