Disentangling aporophobia from xenophobia in Europe

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This paper analyzes whether the human capital levels embodied in immigrants can explain xenophobic trends for 209 regions in 29 European countries from 1998 to 2018. During the previous decade, migration inflows into Western Europe have been associated with rising nationalism and sentiments of xenophobia. However, if rising xenophobia is directed towards poor migrants and not rich ones, then the rejection of migration itself could be misguided and masking the rejection of the poor. In other words, “aporophobia” might be misconceived as xenophobia. To this end, this study provides evidence of aporophobia in Europe using the European Labor Force Survey (EULFS), European Social Survey (ESS), Eurostat and OECD regional data. The preliminary results indicate that larger inflows of highly educated immigrants are significantly correlated with a lower rejection of migrants. These results suggest that xenophobic regions may, in fact, be rejecting only poor migrants and not rich ones. The rejection of the poor has been scarcely studied in economic literature, and not much is known about it. The findings in this paper bring light to the discussion of a powerful concept which underpins a more just society.
Título traducido de la contribuciónDisentangling Aporophobia from Xenophobia in Europe.
Idioma originalInglés
Número de páginas30
EstadoPublicada - 25 ago 2021
EventoIARIW Virtual General Conference -
Duración: 23 ago 202127 ago 2021
Número de conferencia: 36th


ConferenciaIARIW Virtual General Conference
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