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4. Support for Labour-Market Discrimination of Migrants in Europe

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The recent European Union (EU) enlargements signalled the start of a new era in European migration history. Eastern European citizens came westwards in large numbers once restrictions to their movements were lifted, in line with the policies of the different nation-states. At the same time, substantial immigration from outside the EU continued in many European countries, such as Belgium, France and Spain; while elsewhere, stricter migration policies seemed to reduce migrant numbers compared to those at the start of the millennium. This chapter describes how European populations perceived migrants in the labour market when economic recession hit Europe in 2008. Zick, Pettigrew and Wagner concluded in their overview article that cross-national studies on support for discrimination remain rare. The European Values Study (EVS) dataset allows us to seek relationships between national demographic and economic conditions and public support for labour-market discrimination in times of economic downturn.

Keywords: European Union (EU); European Values Study (EVS) dataset; labour-market discrimination; migrants



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