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Under threat by popular vote: German-speaking immigrants’ affect and cognitions following the Swiss vote against mass immigration

Rudert, Selma Carolin and Janke, Stefan and Greifeneder, Rainer. (2017) Under threat by popular vote: German-speaking immigrants’ affect and cognitions following the Swiss vote against mass immigration. PLoS ONE, 12 (4). e0175896.

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Abstract

A popular initiative in support of regulating future immigration to Switzerland was accepted by the electorate in 2014. Assuming that the initiative acted as an exclusionary threat for current immigrants of Switzerland, we conducted an online survey among a sample of highly-skilled German-speaking immigrants (" expats "). Participants reported having experienced negative affect following the vote. Moreover, having a more left-wing orientation, living in a political constituency that had voted pro-regulation and having proportionally few Swiss friends positively predicted negative affect following the vote. Negative affect was associated with a reported negative change in one's attitudes towards Switzerland, increased considerations to leave the country, and impaired satisfaction with life. In sum, the results suggest that a powerful exclu-sionary threat such as a national vote may be experienced as distressful by highly-skilled immigrants currently living in the country.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Sozial-, Wirtschafts- und Entscheidungspsychologie > Sozialpsychologie (Greifeneder)
UniBasel Contributors:Rudert, Selma Carolin and Greifeneder, Rainer
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Public Library of Science
e-ISSN:1932-6203
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:31 Aug 2018 06:32
Deposited On:18 Apr 2017 07:23

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