What is it about?

We study what immigrants consider, when they decide where in the country they want to live. We use a conjoint experiment to show that immigrants consider the political context alongside economic factors. Immigrants are more likely to pick a city or town if the political context is welcoming, where anti-immigrant parties are not dominant. Alongside living costs, immigrants also care about the possibility to participate in local politics.

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Why is it important?

Previous studies have looked at different criteria for location choice separately. Here, we consider them jointly to show that the political context influences how attractive a city or town is to immigrants.


Immigration does not only about moving to another country, but immigrants have a choice where they want to settle.

Didier Ruedin
Universite de Neuchatel

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This page is a summary of: How political reception contexts shape location decisions of immigrants, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, July 2022, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/1369183x.2022.2098468.
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