Home Grown Talent Seminars@CMIST - Laurence Lessard-Phillips (CMIST/Sociology)
|Dates:||9 December 2014|
|Times:||12:00 - 13:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
|Who is it for:||Current University students, University staff|
In this Home Grown Talent Seminars@CMIST event, Laurence Lessard-Phillips will present collaborative work with Maria Sobolewska (Politics) and Silvia Galandini (CMIST/Sociology) on the use of survey experiment to study public opinion on integration.
Title: A desirable immigrant and a well-integrated immigrant: a policy preference divergence. Evidence from survey experiments in the UK and the Netherlands.
Authors: Maria Sobolewska, Silvia Galandini, and Laurence Lessard-Phillips
Abstract: The last decade witnessed shifts in policies of immigrant integration in most European countries thought to be multiculturalist, as the idea of multiculturalism came into disrepute for apparently failing to successfully integrate immigrants. Yet, the study of public attitudes towards integration still lags behind the study of preferences for immigrant restrictions. Using a conjoint experiment design, which allows measuring a complex, multidimensional opinion, we find that in both the Netherlands and the UK the public opinion on integration is divergent from opinion on immigration restrictions. While the public focuses on education and employment prospects in what kinds of immigrants their country welcomes, we see dominance of the social and cultural concerns in deciding if an immigrant has truly become ‘one of us’. We also find that integration attitudes are a matter of wide spread consensus among different social groups, people with different view of immigration, and across our two countries. Surprisingly, none of the main theoretical explanations of attitudes towards immigration seem to hold for public opinion on integration. An exception to this is the existence of the distinctive ‘liberal elite’, who place a greater importance on immigrants voting and showing liberal attitudes to women.
Light lunch provided.
Role: Research Fellow
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