The relevance of contextual generalised trust in explaining individual immigration sentiments

Josefina Sipinen, Peter Söderlund, Bäck Maria

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Abstrakti

This paper measures both individual- and contextual effects of generalised trust on Europeans’ attitudes towards immigration. Our data come from round 7 of the European Social Survey (ESS) with which it is possible to measure generalised trust also at the subnational level (NUTS levels). This enables us to capture evident variation in generalised trust within countries. Our main contribution is to test whether two persons who have the same level of generalised trust, but who live in regions differing in mean generalised trust, have different opinions about immigrants. Our results show, first of all, that people with high generalised trust have positive immigration attitudes. Second, living in a high-trusting region does not seem to generally encourage even more positive attitudes towards immigrants. Third, there is, however, another type of contextual effect that moderates the relationship between individual-level generalised trust and pro-immigration attitudes. A high-trusting regional context encourages high-trusting people to develop even more positive attitudes towards immigrants.

AlkuperäiskieliEnglanti
Sivut456-479
Sivumäärä23
JulkaisuEuropean Societies
Vuosikerta22
Numero4
DOI - pysyväislinkit
TilaJulkaistu - 7 elokuuta 2020
OKM-julkaisutyyppiA1 Julkaistu artikkeli, soviteltu

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