The Role of Ethnic Threat Perceptions in Explaining Anti-immigrant Sentiments: The Case of Greece

By Stefania Kalogeraki.

Published by The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies

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The recent economic crisis has multifaceted social impacts including the upsurge in anti-immigrant sentiments in the European member-states. Ethnic threat perceptions are considered to be the cornerstone of anti-immigrant sentiments, whereas some scholars underline that economic threat perceptions play a pivotal role in explaining intolerance towards immigrants, specifically during recessionary times. The main rationale of the study is to explore the effects of diverse forms of ethnic threat perceptions on developing anti-immigrant sentiments in Greece which has been tremendously hit by the economic downturn. Using data from the second (2004), fourth (2008) and the fifth (2010) round of the European Social Survey (ESS), the analyses demonstrate that in times of austerity perceived economic threats become more decisive than other forms of threat perceptions in explaining Greeks’ anti-immigrant sentiments.

Keywords: Anti-immigrant Sentiments, Perceived Ethnic Threats, Recession, Greece

The International Journal of Civic, Political, and Community Studies, Volume 10, Issue 3, 2012, pp.59-70. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 409.859KB).

Dr. Stefania Kalogeraki

Lecturer in Quantitative Methods in Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology, University of Crete, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

Stefania Kalogeraki is a lecturer of quantitative methods in sociology in the Department of Sociology of the University of Crete, Greece. She has a BSc in statistics (Athens University in Economic and Business, Greece), and a MA and PhD in sociology (Reading University, UK). Her main research interests include measurement issues of social research and social demographic analysis.