Stephan L. Thomsen thanks the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Claussen-Simon-Stiftung) for financial support. The data used in this publication were made available by the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (SOEP) at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Berlin.
Right-Wing Extremism and the Well-Being of Immigrants
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Volume 66, Issue 4, pages 567–590, November 2013
How to Cite
Knabe, A., Rätzel, S. and Thomsen, S. L. (2013), Right-Wing Extremism and the Well-Being of Immigrants. Kyklos, 66: 567–590. doi: 10.1111/kykl.12037
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2013
- Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Claussen-Simon-Stiftung)
This study analyzes the effects of right-wing extremism on the well-being of immigrants based on data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP) for the years 1984 to 2006 merged with state-level information on election outcomes. The results show that the life satisfaction of immigrants is significantly reduced if right-wing extremism in the native-born population increases. Moreover, the life satisfaction of highly educated immigrants is affected more strongly than that of low-skilled immigrants. This supports the view that policies aimed at making immigration more attractive to the high-skilled have to include measures that reduce xenophobic attitudes in the native-born population.