“How to Turn Rural Europe into a Welcoming Space for Migrants”, Irene Ponzo (IAI, Italy)

Attitudes towards immigration have become increasingly polarised over the last decade . Aside from political leanings and education levels, another emerging cleavage should be taken into account when analysing popular attitudes towards migrants: the rising urban and rural divide. Contrary to sociological theories which predict an intensification of negative attitudes in areas where a high presence of newcomers creates the perception of economic and cultural threat, the opposite is happening: the most negative attitudes and anti-diversity voting patterns are frequently found in places with few immigrants and low ethnic diversity.

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