Exposure to Past Immigration Waves and Attitudes toward Newcomers
How does previous exposure to massive immigrant inflows affect concerns about current immigration and the integration of refugees? To answer this question, we investigate attitudes toward newcomers among natives and previous immigrants. In areas that in the 1990s received higher inflows of immigrants of German origin—so-called ethnic Germans—native Germans are more likely to believe that refugees are a resource for the economy and the culture, viewing them as an opportunity rather than a risk. Refugees living in these areas report better health and feel less exposed to xenophobia.
We benefitted from discussion with seminar participants at the University of Pittsburgh, and the World Bank-UNCHR Joint Workshop on Forced Migration in Copenhagen (2020) and the 2021 Southern Economics Association Meetings. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Rania Gihleb & Osea Giuntella & Luca Stella, 2022. "Exposure to past immigration waves and attitudes toward newcomers," Migration Studies, vol 10(4), pages 789-814.