April 03, 2008

International attitudes towards immigration

Gene Expression points me to an article (pdf) on attitudes in several countries towards immigration; there are quite a few interesting survey questions, which you can read in the freely available paper.


Immigration and the Imagined Community in Europe and the United States

Jack Citrin John Sides

Both Europe and the United States are confronting the challenges of economic and cultural integration posed by immigration. This article uses the ESS and CID surveys to compare transatlantic public opinion about immigrants and immigration.We find more tolerance for cultural diversity in the United States, but we also find that Americans, like Europeans, tend to overestimate the number of immigrants in their countries and tend to favor lower levels of immigration. The underpinnings of individual attitudes are similar in all countries and immigration attitudes are surprisingly unrelated to country-level differences in GDP, unemployment and the number and composition of the foreign born.An implication of these findings is that acceptance of higher levels of immigration, deemed by many to be an economic need, will require both more selective immigration policies and an emphasis on the cultural assimilation of newcomers.


Crimson Guard said...

The biggest problem concerning immigration today is not legal immigration persay, but rather ill-Legal immigration and Governmental "Open-Door" policies. Globalization and Balkanization arent very well liked by the middle class Americans, most of our jobs are going out overseas, and we flooded with 3rd world immigrants. Mexico actually encourages there criminals and poor to cross the border, and we look the other way. I cant speak for how things are in Europe though.

Dean said...

I too am concerned about illegal immigration in America. As a U.S. citizen, I want the laws of my country obeyed. I don't like when people come here illegally and then tell me that I am insensitive and racist when I want to enforce the laws of my country.

I have no problem with people immigrating into the U.S., provided that they are legal. I would like to restrict immigration from countries with high crime rates. The violent crime rate in my city is abominable.

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Polak said...

Is "Ill-Legal" even a word?