We investigate whether the attitudes of the Israeli majority toward migrants reflect the double standard embedded in Israel’s immigration regime, differentiating Jewish from non-Jewish migrants. We compare attitudes toward ethnic migrants (Jews), non-ethnic migrants (non-Jews), and asylum seekers, considering three explanations: values, collective vulnerability, and perceived threat. Our findings show that perceived vulnerability increases threat due to immigration. Values play an important role in predicting opposition to both Jewish and non-ethnic immigrants. Perceptions of threat are more relevant for the explanation of opposition to non-ethnic immigrants than to that of Jewish immigrants. We discuss our findings in light of existing theories.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Work on this paper was supported by ISF grant (number 769-2018) awarded by Israel Science Foundation. The authors would like to thank Lisa Trierweiler for the English proof of the manuscript. Eldad Davidov would like to thank the University of Zurich Research Priority Program Social Networks for their support during work on this study.
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- Attitudes toward migrants
- collective vulnerability
- perceived threat
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health(social science)
- Geography, Planning and Development