Acceptable in the EU? Why some immigration restrictionists support European Union mobility Scott Blinder, Yvonni Markaki

Introduction

Why do some Europeans support immigration from within the European Union, while rejecting immigration from elsewhere? Acceptance of intra-European Union mobility—even by those who wish to restrict immigration more generally—is important for popular support for the European Union itself. This paper identifies and attempts to explain the preferences of “EU-only inclusionists”: EU nationals who support relatively high levels of immigration, but only from within the European Union. We analyze an underexplored experimental module in the European Social Survey to explore European Union inclusionism in relation to other preference profiles. We find that identification with the European Union helps explain specific support for European Union mobility, while subnational (racial and religious) identities are associated with a preference for European migrants over non-Europeans, but not with specific support for intra-European Union movement.

Citation

Blinder, S., & Markaki, Y. (2019). Acceptable in the EU? Why some immigration restrictionists support European Union mobility. European Union Politics. https://doi.org/10.1177/1465116519839782

First Published 22 April 2019

Topics

European UnionPublic Opinion

Regions

Europe