TWO NEW ARTICLES ON MIGRANTS' ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE WELFARE STATE

26/04/2018

What do migrants think about the welfare state of their host society, and do they expect to benefit from it? Two articles on migrants’ attitudes towards the welfare state have recently been accepted for publication. 

Marcel Lubbers, Claudia Diehl, Christian Albrekt Larsen and I present new data from the Norface funded MIFARE survey where we surveyed 11 migrant groups in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark. We find that migrants’ welfare state spending preferences are significantly related to their socio-economic status and their ideology, and that their country of orgin still shapes their attitudes. This paper is available online at Social Policy and Administration. 

Daniel Degen, Wouter van der Brug and I analyse data from the European Social Survey to see to what extent self-interest structures support for granting welfare state services to immigrants. The findings suggest that self-interest is indeed one of the factors that motivate attitudes towards welfare state restrictiveness among natives and immigrants, but also point at relevant exceptions to this pattern.


Degen, D. Kuhn, T. , Van der Brug, W. (2018) Granting immigrants access to social benefits? How self-interest influences support for welfare state restrictiveness. Journal of European Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12404

Lubbers, M., Diehl, C. Kuhn, T. and Larsen, C. Migrants’ support for Welfare State Spending in Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. Forthcoming, Social Policy and Administration.



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