Here is a listing of fairly recent references to studies and thought pieces that 1) focus on how to better understand attitudes towards refugees and immigrants as well as 2) provide suggestions for transforming negative perceptions.
Observatory of Public Attitudes to Migration (Migration Policy Centre) [access]
- "The Observatory of Public Attitudes to Migration (OPAM) aims to enhance understanding of attitudes to migration through presentation, analysis and evaluation of data from all EU member states."
"Attitudes toward Asylum Seekers in Small Local Communities," International Migration, Early View, 23 Oct. 2016 [open access]
Does Information Change Attitudes Towards Immigrants? Representative Evidence from Survey Experiments, IZA Discussion Paper, no. 10419 (Institute of Labor Economics, Dec. 2016) [text]
"Does the Dark Triad Predict Prejudice?: The Role of Machiavellianism, Psychopathy, and Narcissism in Explaining Negativity Toward Asylum Seekers," Australian Psychologist, Early View, 31 March 2017 [full-text via ResearchGate]
"Ethnic Diversity, Inter-group Attitudes and Countervailing Pathways of Positive and Negative Inter-group Contact: An Analysis across Workplaces and Neighbourhoods," Social Indicators Research, OnlineFirst, 28 Jan. 2017 [open access]
"Generalization Effects in Evaluative Conditioning: Evidence for Attitude Transfer Effects from Single Exemplars to Social Categories," Frontiers in Psychology, 8:103 (Jan. 2017) [open access]
"The Global Refugee Crisis: Empirical Evidence and Policy Implications for Improving Public Attitudes and Facilitating Refugee Resettlement," Social Issues and Policy Review, vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 2017) [free full-text]
How Can We Best Understand Public Reactions Towards Migrant Groups? (Refugee Research Blog, March 2017) [text]
"How Economic, Humanitarian, and Religious Concerns Shape European Attitudes toward Asylum Seekers," Science, First Release, 22 Sept. 2016 [free full-text]
"The Humanisation of Refugees: A Discourse Analysis of UK Parliamentary Debates on the European Refugee ‘Crisis’," Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, vol. 27, no. 2 (March/April 2017) [free full-text]
"Iconic Photographs and the Ebb and Flow of Empathic Response to Humanitarian Disasters," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Early Edition, 10 Jan. 2017 [full-text via ResearchGate]
"Ideas and Agency in Immigration Policy: A Discursive Institutionalist Approach," European Journal of Political Research, vol. 56, no. 1 (Feb. 2017) [free full-text]
- See also related British Politics & Policy blog post.
"Implicit and Explicit Attitudes Towards Asylum Seekers in Australia: Demographic and Ideological Correlates," Australian Psychologist, Early View, 30 July 2016 [full-text via ResearchGate]
"The Simple Psychological Trick to Political Persuasion: Conservatives are More Likely to Support Issues Like Immigration and Obamacare if the Message is 'Morally Reframed' to Suit Their Values," The Atlantic, 1 Feb. 2017 [text]
- See also related Persuasive Litigator blog post and Fast Company story. Welcoming Refugees has also developed a related resource, "Reframing Refugees: Messaging Toolkit."
This One Small Language Tweak Could Change Our Views of Refugees (Vox, April 2017) [text]
- See also related Independent news story.
Understanding and Addressing Public Anxiety about Immigration (Migration Policy Institute, July 2016) [text]
- Listen also to audio of related webinar.
What It Takes to Truly be 'One of Us': In U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan, Publics Say Language Matters More to National Identity than Birthplace (Pew Research, Feb. 2017) [text]
"Why Do Majority Members Prefer Immigrants Who Adopt the Host Culture? The Role of Perceived Identification with the Host Nation," International Journal of Intercultural Relations, vol. 55 (Nov. 2016) [preprint via ResearchGate]
- Thematic Focus: Public Opinion and Attitudes (20 May 2016)