What is it about?

We examine how the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) talks about immigration. Looking at the electoral programmes between 1994 and 2019, we can identify a shift to more negative views on immigration. We argue that this shift after 2017 is related to the restructuring of the ÖVP into a leadership party.

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Why is it important?

Radical right parties and extremist movements have received much attention, but to better understand how political parties talk about migration, we also need to consider mainstream parties.


With the right data and research question, straightforward descriptions can be surprisingly powerful to better understand changed in party politics and how politicians talk about immigration.

Didier Ruedin
Universite de Neuchatel

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This page is a summary of: The Austrian People’s Party: an anti-immigrant right party?, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, February 2021, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/1369183x.2020.1853904.
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