Projecting EU referendums: fear of immigration and support for European integration

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Series Details Vol.6, No.1, March 2005, p59-82
Publication Date March 2005
ISSN 1465-1165
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This study tests competing hypotheses about public support for European integration and projects referendum voting behaviour. It emphasizes anti-immigration sentiments as a key variable for understanding reluctance about integration. Drawing on survey data, it is shown that anti-immigration sentiments, economic considerations and the evaluation of domestic governments are the strongest predictors of both attitudinal support for integration and individuals' propensity to vote 'yes' in a referendum on the enlargement of the European Union.

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