Does urbanization matter? Diverging attitudes toward migrants and Europe's decision-making

Francesco Palermo, Bruno S. Sergi, Emiliano Sironi

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Prevailing attitudes toward migration describe citizens' preferences towards non-native inhabitants and fulfill a key role in socio-economics as antecedents of citizens’ behaviors. According to literature, the fear (or lack of fear) of labor-market competition between natives and migrants may shape attitudes, especially those of low-skilled workers. In this comprehensive framework, we contribute to the literature by looking into a new aspect that shapes attitudes toward migration: urbanization. Employing data from round 1 to round 9 of the European Social Survey covering the time span 2002–2018, this paper analyzes the trend of attitudes toward migration, focusing on the effects of urbanization as a direct determinant of attitudes toward migration as a moderator of education. Urbanization typically affects attitudes toward migrants both directly and indirectly, interacting with individuals' education, which is used to distinguish high-skilled and low-skilled workers. Results support the hypothesis that people living in the rural areas display more negative attitudes toward migration, and this effect is more substantial for low-skilled workers.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-17
Numero di pagine17
RivistaSocio-Economic Planning Sciences
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2022


  • Attitudes
  • Education
  • Europe
  • Migration
  • Urbanization


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