Intergroup contact with migrants is linked to support for migrants through attitudes, especially in people who are politically right wing

Graf, Sylvie; Sczesny, Sabine (2019). Intergroup contact with migrants is linked to support for migrants through attitudes, especially in people who are politically right wing. International journal of intercultural relations, 73, pp. 102-106. Elsevier 10.1016/j.ijintrel.2019.09.001

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Due to the significance of the “refugee crisis” for European residents, the present research examined the link between residents’ support for newly arriving migrants and different types of intergroup contact with migrants. We compared the associations between support for migrants, and both positive and negative direct and mass mediated contact. In the link between contact and support, we examined the mediating role of residents’ attitudes towards migrants and the moderating role of their political orientation. In a Swiss sample (N = 861), only direct but not mass mediated contact was associated with support for migrants. Both positive and negative direct contact was linked to (higher vs. lower) support for migrants through (more vs. less positive) attitudes towards migrants. Relevant for interventions aimed at improving relations of host society with migrants, both positive and negative contact influenced support for migrants through attitudes, especially in people with a right wing political orientation.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Social Neuroscience and Social Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Graf, Sylvie and Sczesny, Sabine

Subjects:

100 Philosophy
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

ISSN:

0147-1767

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Andrea Gassmann-Suter

Date Deposited:

27 Feb 2020 13:38

Last Modified:

13 Mar 2020 10:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.ijintrel.2019.09.001

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.141096

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/141096

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