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Public Attitudes toward Immigration and Immigrants: A Comparative Study of American and Croatian Students

Wed, Nov 13, 8:00 to 9:20am, Salon 4, Lower B2 Level


Research reveals that a significant portion of the general public in the United States consistently associates the expansion of immigration with an increase in crime and adverse outcomes for the economy and labor prospects of the resident population. Negative attitudes toward undocumented and documented immigrants, as well as an anti-immigrant sentiment, have been growing internationally as well. Studies also show that public attitudes toward immigrants and immigration policies vary depending on personal characteristics of the respondents, the country’s characteristics, and opinions on the country's institutions and socio-economic security. Using student samples and online surveys, this research explores some of these factors and compares immigration attitudes of students in the United States and Croatia.