Who Does Not Like Migrants? Individual Demographics and Attitudes Towards Migration

24 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2020

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Sandra Rozo

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business; University of Southern California - Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

Maria Urbina

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

We exploit the quasi-random settlement of refugees in Sweden between 1985 and 1994 to examine the characteristics of individuals showing a disproportionate negative response to migration flows and whether these responses differ when the arrival of refugees occurred concurrently with economic shocks. We document that, on average, migration shocks translate to lower support for immigration. These responses are disproportionately driven by the changes in attitudes of young males, with less wealth, and who work in blue-collar occupations. Also, we find more support for immigration where employment increased and tax collection was lower concurrent with the arrival of refugees.

Keywords: migration, attitudes, demography

JEL Classification: D72, F2, O15, R23

Suggested Citation

Rozo, Sandra and Urbina, Maria, Who Does Not Like Migrants? Individual Demographics and Attitudes Towards Migration. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13842, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3726444

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Maria Urbina

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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