Varieties of attitudes to family migration in Europe

Immigration is a controversial topic that attracts much public attention. That is why a lot of resources are poured into understanding how people reason about policies concerning, for example, border control and immigrant integration. Yet, despite this effort, we still know relatively little about public attitudes towards the largest category of cross-border mobility: family migration. Individuals who enter a country in order to join a family member tend to be treated as a group in between work-related migration and international protection. Little is known about the specific trends, norms and logics that public opinion follows in this regard. We aim to fill the described research gap.

Funding in SEK:
4 871 000

Project manager at MDU

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Projectleader: Karin Borevi, Södertörn University

Project member at MDU: Jonas Hultin Rosenberg

External project members:
Lutz Gschwind, Uppsala University
Anton Ahlén, Uppsala University
Johan Wejryd, Uppsala University


We aim to fill the described research gap by conducting so-called ‘conjoint survey experiments’ in eight European countries: Denmark, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain and the United Kingdom. The method allows us to systematically capture attitudes towards both a person entering and the family member already residing in the country. This is achieved by presenting respondents with descriptions of fictitious combinations between immigrants and their corresponding family members. Conducting this type of survey in several countries at once allows us to study both individual-level determinants of public attitudes towards family migration as well as the societal context, particularly the combination of welfare and immigration systems in each country.

Project goal:

Describe and explain attitudes to family migration.

Activities in the project:

Conducting so-called ‘conjoint survey experiments’ in several European countries.

The project takes place in:

The project is conducted in Sweden. Data is collected in several European countries.

This research relates to the following sustainable development goals