We examine whether left-wing parties take pro-immigrant positions
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What is it about?
Often we can hear that immigration is a political topic that cuts across or overlaps traditional ideological divisions between parties. Many studies have examined the positions radical right parties take on immigration, but left-wing parties were largely ignored in this regard. We draw on newspaper contents in seven Western European countries to examine the positions of left-wing parties. We demonstrate that in many cases traditional divisions coincide with divisions over immigration: It is incorrect to assume that immigration as a political topic necessarily cuts across traditional cleavages.
Why is it important?
There is no doubt that immigration plays a big role in contemporary Western European politics. To understand political competition on the issue, we need to know how different parties place themselves, and how they react to other parties.
The following have contributed to this page: Joao Carvalho and Didier Ruedin