Immigration And Immigration

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Historically, perceptions of immigrants have fluctuated wildly over time. Migration into Europe has been rising for the past few decades. Yet the recent electoral successes of anti-immigration parties indicate that Europe currently appears to be in a phase of animosity towards immigrants, most notably in countries such as Greece, Hungary and the UK (refer to source, statistics in appendix?). Current criticisms of immigrants often carry with them a whiff of ignorance, not to mention discrimination (Golden Dawn, the Greek nationalist party most opposed to immigration is neo-Nazi, for example big sweeping statement here Pablo!! Back it up with a quote or research). A recent vote for the EU parliament secured UKIP - a British nationalist party which has advocated that Britain leave the EU and is staunchly anti-immigrant - the highest percentage of seats of any other party. In the face of such seemingly widespread negative perceptions of immigrants, it is important, now more than ever, to examine exactly what it is that influences perceptions of immigrants. A vast quantity of research exists on attitudes towards immigrants and immigration. Abundant evidence has been presented that attitudes towards immigrants and other minority groups are closely linked to variables such as educational level (Coenders and Scheepers, 2003; Hagendoorn and Nekuee, 1999; Hainmueller and Hiscox, 2007), economic interests (Citrin et al., 1997; Dustmann and Preston, 2004; Fetzer, 2000), religiosity

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