The power of citizenship: how immigrant incorporation affects attitudes towards social benefits

Kolbe, Melanie ; Crepaz, Markus M. L.

In: Comparative Politics. - New York. - Vol. 49(2016), No. 1, p. 105-123

Abstract: Natives in Europe are often opposed to immigrants receiving social services that previously have been reserved for citizens only, but as it turns out, so are a number of immigrants. This article argues that seemingly "welfare chauvinist" attitudes among immigrants are in fact an expression of incorporation as naturalized immigrants are more critical of unconditional benefits usage. Using survey data, we compare attitudes among natives, naturalized citizens, and foreign residents, and test competing explanations for welfare chauvinism. We find that naturalization is the strongest predictor of reservations towards benefit openness for immigrants among foreign-born individuals. This article contributes to contemporary studies on the importance of citizenship for community membership, welfare chauvinism in European societies, and the growing field of immigrant public opinion research.

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