Paper presented at the Conference “New economic concepts in the current European crises“.
Abstract: Using the UK Citizenship Survey for the years 2007 – 2010, this paper investigates immigrant’s attitudes towards immigration and compares these to natives‘ attitudes. Immigrants who arrived in the UK earlier are closer in their reactions to natives than to recent immigrants. Labour market concerns do not play a large role for either group. However, (lower) education, as well as financial and economic shocks, unrelated to labour market concerns are related to stronger opposition to immigration. The results show that there is heterogeneity among immigrants however the concerns of natives are, to some degree, shared by earlier immigrants.