Hostname: page-component-848d4c4894-tn8tq Total loading time: 0 Render date: 2024-06-23T01:38:42.803Z Has data issue: false hasContentIssue false

Immigration, Integration, and Support for Redistribution in Europe

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 July 2014

Get access

Extract

Immigration poses individual or collective economic risks that might increase citizen support for government redistribution, but it can also generate fiscal pressure or undermine social solidarity to diminish such support. These offsetting conditions obscure the net effects of immigration for welfare states. This article explores whether immigration's effects are mediated by the economic and social integration of immigrants. Integration can be conceptualized and measured as involving the degree to which immigrants suffer unemployment rates, depend on welfare-state benefits, and harbor social attitudes similarly to the native population. Such integration may alter how immigration reduces solidarity and imposes fiscal and macroeconomic pressures, but does not much alter how immigration spurs economic risks for natives. Where migrants are more integrated by such measures, immigration should have less negative or more positive implications for native support for government redistribution and welfare states than where migrants are less integrated. The article explores these arguments using survey data for twenty-two European countries between 2002 and 2010. The principal finding is that economic integration, more than sociocultural integration, softens the tendency of immigration to undermine support for redistributive policies.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
Copyright © Trustees of Princeton University 2014 

Access options

Get access to the full version of this content by using one of the access options below. (Log in options will check for institutional or personal access. Content may require purchase if you do not have access.)
Supplementary material: File

Burgoon Supplementary Material

Tables

Download Burgoon Supplementary Material(File)
File 127.5 KB