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Type Journal Article
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title What factors explain anti-Muslim prejudice? An assessment of the effects of Muslim population size, institutional characteristics and immigration-related media claims
Organization Unit
  • Elmar Schlueter
  • Anu Masso
  • Eldad Davidov
Item Subtype Original Work
Refereed Yes
Status Published electronically before print/final form (Epub ahead of print)
  • English
Journal Title Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Geographical Reach international
ISSN 1369-183X
Volume online
Number 0
Page Range Epub ahead of print
Date 2019
Abstract Text What factors explain majority members’ anti-Muslim prejudice? This is an increasingly important question to ask, but to date only relatively few studies have sought to provide answers from a cross-national comparative perspective. This study aims to help fill this gap. Using data from the seventh round of the European Social Survey (ESS) linked with country-level characteristics, our results indicate that (a) a larger Muslim population size, (b) more liberal immigrant integration policies and (c) greater state support of religion are all associated with lower levels of majority members’ negative attitudes towards Muslim immigration – our indicator of anti-Muslim prejudice. Such attitudes, however, prove to be unrelated to (d) cross-national differences in the frequency of negative immigration-related news reports as measured by the ESS media claims data. Collectively, these findings bring us one important step closer towards a better understanding of interethnic relations between majority members and Muslim immigrants in European host societies.
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Digital Object Identifier 10.1080/1369183X.2018.1550160
Other Identification Number merlin-id:17640
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Funders UFSP "Soziale Netzwerke" European Commission (Marie Curie 626601) Estonian Research Council (IUT20-38)
Keywords Anti-Muslim prejudice, immigrant integration policies (MIPEX), state support of religion, group threat theory, European Social Survey (ESS)
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies on 2019, available online: