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Public opinion on immigration in Europe: Preference and salience

Hatton, Timothy J (2021) 'Public opinion on immigration in Europe: Preference and salience.' European Journal of Political Economy, 66. p. 101969. ISSN 0176-2680

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Studies of public opinion on immigration have focused on the responses to survey questions about whether the individual would prefer more or less immigration (preference) but not on his or her assessment of its importance as a policy issue (salience). Analysis of data from the European Social Survey and Eurobarometer indicates that preference and salience are associated with different individual-level characteristics. At the national level they move differently over time and in response to different macro-level variables. Both dimensions of opinion must be taken into account as influences on the formation of immigration policy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public opinion; Salience; Attitudes to immigration
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2020 11:32
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:55

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