Spatial mobility and tolerance towards immigrants: the case of Northern Iceland

Bjarnason, T., Stevenson, C. ORCID: 0000-0002-2438-6425, Meckl, M. and Shuttleworth, I., 2019. Spatial mobility and tolerance towards immigrants: the case of Northern Iceland. Ethnic and Racial Studies. ISSN 0141-9870

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While the profound effects of spatial mobility on social structures and patterns of interactions have long been recognized, the association of mobility experiences and tolerance towards immigrants has received limited attention. In this paper, we examine such patterns in Iceland, a country with a long history of emigration and return migration of the local population but a recent surge in international immigration. We find in-migrants and locals who have lived in the capital city area or abroad for at least a year to be more tolerant of immigrants than locals who have never lived elsewhere. These patterns of tolerance among more mobile respondents persist after controlling for other predictors such as age, gender, education and language skills, employment status, income, community integration, residential satisfaction and generalized trust. These results are discussed in the context of changing patterns of mobility and immobility in western countries.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Ethnic and Racial Studies
Creators: Bjarnason, T., Stevenson, C., Meckl, M. and Shuttleworth, I.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 17 September 2019
ISSN: 0141-9870
Rights: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 08 Oct 2019 15:06
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:05

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