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”Flyktingvännerna” - altruism, attitydkonsistens och sociala profil
Uppsala universitet.
1995 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 32, no 1, p. 56-73Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Friends of refugees - On refugee altruism, attitude inconsistency and sociological derminants

This article presents an analysis of attitudes towards immigrants within the Swedish population based on a national representative sample of 1030 people (originally collected by the Swedish Institute for Opinion Research, SIFO, in 1993). The analysis focuses on sociological dimensions and profiles on the category of people who are generally positive towards refugees and immigrants. This is tentatively defines here as ”refugee alturism”. Frequencies of the two survey items used to operationalize this term show that its social dimensionis quite limited. The analysis reports several manifestations of ”attitude inconsistency” within this category, for instance 1) many people who would like Sweden to take in more immigrants demand at the same tame that the immigration rules should be more restrictive, or do not believe that immigrations entails benefits for the country; 2) people who believe that immigration implies benefits for the country want more restrictive immigration rules. Another unexpected finding concerns the low level of social interaction between refugee-altruistic Swedes and immigrants. Many respondents who answer that immigration is good for the country, or who want Sweden to let in more foreigners do not interact themselves much with foreigners. Finally, a multivariate analysis tests the relevance of three sets of explanatory variables. Gender, age and ethnicity show a weak single impact on attitudes when all the effects are controlled. Variables such as education, white-collar position and employment in the public sector, as well as social resources (people who have partners and children) are important in predicting positive attitudes towards immigrants.

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Sveriges Sociologförbund , 1995. Vol. 32, no 1, p. 56-73
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