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Ulrich Wagner, Oliver Christ & Wilhelm Heitmeyer

In: The SAGE Handbook of Prejudice, Stereotyping and Discrimination

Chapter 22: Anti-Immigration Bias

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Anti-Immigration Bias
Anti-immigration bias
Abstract

Migrants, especially those who cross national state boarders, become targets of political debates, often involving derogation of immigrants, and both discrimination and violence against them. This chapter starts with a brief look at the history of bias against immigrants and the history of the accompanying social psychological research. We then present the currently most prominent explanatory concepts for antiimmigrant bias, such as intergroup competition, threat, and emotions as well as national identification. Social psychological processes are embedded in and moderated by societal variables. A multilevel model of social context and psychological influences describes how societal variables affect the influence of social psychological processes on bias against immigrants. The chapter ends with a description of means to prevent and reduce bias against immigrants, ...

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