Accepting immigrants as fellow citizens: Citizenship representations in relation to migration policy preferences
Citizenship representations within national populations have mainly been deduced from state policies on migration. Yet, at the individual level, no studies have investigated whether citizenship representations are reliably associated with preferences for specific migration policies (i.e. the underlying assumption for deducing citizenship representations from state policies). Because several studies have shown that state policies may not reflect understandings of citizenship within national populations, it may be more relevant to study citizenship representations at the individual level, in relation to personal preferences regarding migration policies. This study examined how ethnic, cultural and civic citizenship representations relate to migration policy preferences at the individual level among majority group high-school students (N = 1,734) in seven EU countries. Findings add to the understanding of citizenship representations and may have implications for the implementation of migration policies.
Reijerse, A., Vanbeselaere, N., Fichera, G., & Duriez, B. (2015). Accepting immigrants as fellow citizens: Citizenship representations in relation to migration policy preferences. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38, 700-717.