THE IMPACT OF MIGRATION POLICY CHANGES ON THE PUBLIC OPINION ON IMMIGRATION A Case Study of Austria and Sweden
Abstract: In this thesis, I examine the relationship between national immigration policy changes andits effect on public opinion towards immigration in Austria and Sweden. Previous literaturehad mainly focused on the impact of public opinion on policy changes while the reverserelationship has not been examined to the same degree. The empirical background andstarting point of the thesis is the so-called migration or refugee crisis which had its onset inthe second half of 2015. As immigration became more salient due to the crisis, I am goingto examine policy changes and public opinion from the end of 2010 until the end of 2016using the comparative case study approach and qualitative content analysis. The result is thatthere is a connection between the restrictive policy changes and public attitudes towardsimmigration even though the link is not as strong as expected.
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