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Do attitudes to immigrants change in hard times? Ireland in a European context

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dc.contributor.author Turner, Thomas
dc.contributor.author Cross, Christine
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-07T15:47:45Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-07T15:47:45Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8349
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The enlargement of the European Union (EU) and the subsequent global economic recession has drawn attention to individual-level attitudes towards immigrants across Europe. In this context, using the European Social Survey (ESS), we compared Irish attitudes towards immigrants with those in 12 other European countries at 3 critical moments in time – prior to large immigration flows in 2002; at the height of the economic boom in 2006; and after the global financial crash in 2008. Our descriptive analysis examines whether significant changes in attitudes towards immigrants has occurred in the EU as a whole and within individual countries over time. We predicted that fluctuations in economic condition such as the rise in unemployment would affect attitudes towards immigrants. This relationship receives some support from our findings. In Ireland, positive attitudes to immigrants between 2006 and 2010 decreased and negative attitudes increased, on all attitudinal measures, more sharply than in any of the other European countries. Taking the 12 countries as a whole, attitudes have tended to polarise particularly with regard to allowing access to immigrants and their impact on the economy. This research reveals worrying trends in attitudes to immigrants in European countries, particularly in light of the importance of immigrants to the European labour market, both currently and in the future. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries European Societies;17 (3), pp. 372-395
dc.relation.uri https://doi.org/10.1080/14616696.2015.1035298
dc.rights This is an Author's Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in European Societies 2015 copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at:https://doi.org/10.1080/14616696.2015.1035298 en_US
dc.subject immigration en_US
dc.subject attitudes en_US
dc.subject Europe en_US
dc.subject economic crisis en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.title Do attitudes to immigrants change in hard times? Ireland in a European context en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2020-01-07T15:34:53Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.1080/14616696.2015.1035298
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1638429
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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