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Elucidation in the Asylum Seekers-debate: The Formation of Attitudes towards an Emergency Shelter for Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands

Zouw, W. Van der (2016) Elucidation in the Asylum Seekers-debate: The Formation of Attitudes towards an Emergency Shelter for Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands.

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Abstract:The present study intends to investigate how attitudes towards both asylum seekers, and attitudes towards the advent of an emergency shelter for asylum seekers are established. Additionally, it is examined whether this attitude formation process differs for nearby residents, compared to citizens not living in the direct proximity of an emergency shelter. A literature review of previous research led to a proposed model in which the formation process of both attitudes towards asylum seekers and attitudes towards the advent of an emergency shelter for asylum seekers is described. In order to test this model, a survey was conducted among 296 respondent living in a medium-sized municipality in the Netherlands. The sample consists of both nearby residents of an emergency shelter and citizens who do not live in the direct proximity. Regression analysis was conducted in order to determine significant relationships between the attitudes and their proposed predictors. The present study found that attitudes towards asylum seekers are influenced by false beliefs, prejudice, perceived legitimacy, perceived deprivation, perceived threat and socio-demographic variables. Attitudes towards the emergency shelter for asylum seekers are influenced by attitudes towards asylum seekers, perceived threat and perceived out-group size. Moreover, differences were found between the investigated subgroups.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 70 social sciences in general
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/71366
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