Understanding economic and cultural underpinnings of anti-immigrant attitudes: Multilevel evidence from the Asian Barometer Survey Wave IV (2014-2016)

Harris Hyun Soo Kim, Hyun Jin Kim

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Abstract

A large body of research exists concerning determinants of public opinion on immigration and immigrants, primarily based on Western countries. Given that South-South migratory flows have increased dramatically in recent decades, we contribute to the literature by analyzing cross-national probability data in the Asian context. Using multilevel modeling, we derive and test economic and cultural hypotheses concerning natives' support for restrictive immigration policy. Results show that at the individual level, along with xenophobic tendency, personal financial insecurity, unequal material distribution in society, and sociotropic economic concern all significantly predict the outcome. As a theoretical contribution, contextual effects are also reported: living in a subnational region with more national pride and with higher parochialism is positively associated with it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-396
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Public Opinion Research
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

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