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The consequences of hosting asylum seekers for citizens' policy preferences
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 4658881
Author(s) Zimmermann, Severin; Stutzer, Alois
Author(s) at UniBasel Stutzer, Alois
Year 2022
Title The consequences of hosting asylum seekers for citizens' policy preferences
Journal European Journal of Political Economy
Volume 73
Pages / Article-Number 102130
Keywords Asylum seekers, Direct democracy, Political preferences, Pro-immigration attitudes, Redistribution, Status quo effect, Voter participation
Abstract Asylum migration is a major societal challenge in the Western world affecting residents‚Eurotm policy preferences. We analyze the effects of newly hosting asylum seekers in a given municipality on local citizens‚Eurotm preferences in terms of migratory and redistributive policies as well as of support or opposition to political change in general. Policy preferences are measured based on citizens‚Eurotm actual voting behavior in national referendums in Switzerland between 1987 and 2017. We exploit the administrative placement of asylum seekers across municipalities and find that citizens vote temporarily slightly more restrictively on immigration issues in national referendums and are less supportive of redistribution than before hosting asylum seekers. Citizens are not more likely to vote for the status quo and not more likely to participate per se.
Publisher Elsevier
ISSN/ISBN 0176-2680
Full Text on edoc Available
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2021.102130
ISI-Number WOS:000816255300016
Document type (ISI) Article

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