Between Fears, Contacts and Family Dynamics: the Anti-Immigrant Attitudes in Italy

  • Nazareno Panichella
  • Maurizio Ambrosini


Empirical research on sources of prejudice and anti-immigrant hostility has grown considerably over the years, and the literature on the topic has become substantial firstly in classical receiving countries and in recent years also in Europe. This work analyses the anti-immigrant attitudes in Italy. The main results of this study are three. The first is the importance of individual characteristics in explaining anti-immigrant hostility: much of the variability in anti-immigrant hostility is due to individual characteristics, and in particular to the educational level achieved. Second, contacts have opposite effect on hostility: real contacts (i.e., real interpersonal contacts) decrease anti-immigrant hostility, while abstract contacts (i.e., contacts mediated by mass media) increase hostility towards migrants. Third, anti-immigrant hostility is lower among issues concerning family immigration dynamics.


Immigration Prejudice Discrimination Anti-immigrant sentiment Racial and ethnic relations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social and Political SciencesUniversity of MilanMilanItaly

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