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Anti-immigrant prejudice and discrimination in Europe

Wagner, U. and Kotzur, P. F. and Friehs, M.-T. (2021) 'Anti-immigrant prejudice and discrimination in Europe.', in Routledge handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. London: Routledge. Routledge International Handbooks.


Europe is a continent of immigration, emigration and internal migration. In this chapter, we review recent literature that demonstrates that immigrants to Europe face prejudice, discrimination, and violence. Levels of prejudice, discrimination and violence targeted at immigrants vary between European countries, over time and the particular immigrant group under scrutiny. Classical psychological explanations regarding causes and reasons for rejection are supported in the European context: These include dispositional influences, such as right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation; situational influences, such as high nationalistic identification, intergroup anxiety and threat, lack of contact; and macro-level influences, such as politics and media coverage. Based on the reviewed literature, we propose a model of micro-macro influences on prejudice, discrimination, and violence against immigrants that organizes the existing research and reveals important areas for future research, especially research investigating micro-macro interactions. Looking into the future, we criticize that the continuation of the current walling of Europe against immigrants will reinforce future processes of devaluation and dehumanization.

Item Type:Book chapter
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo until 02 March 2023.
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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Routledge handbook of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. on 30 August 2021, available online:
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:22 October 2021
Date of first online publication:30 August 2021
Date first made open access:02 March 2023

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