Attitudes to immigrants in South Africa resemble those in Western Europe
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What is it about?
This article examines who among South Africans is more likely to oppose immigrants and foreigners. It draws on broad insights established in Western countries, and applies these theories to South Africa. The data come from the 2013 SASAS and the 2013 WVS. In line with research on Western countries, we find an association between individual personality and differences in attitudes. People in positions they perceive as vulnerable and those who do not have access to personal support are more likely to oppose immigrants. I conclude that research on attitudes to immigrants and foreigners appears to generalize to non-Western contexts.
Why is it important?
The literature on attitudes to foreigners focuses on Western countries. By testing the theories in a different context, we can ascertain that they are more widely valid.
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