Immigration Fears Fuel Rising Nationalism – Even in Welcoming Countries

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On ‘Psychology Behind the Headlines,’ hosts Patricia Wu, Jessica Reyes, and guest Dr. Cortina Peters discuss the study that suggests it’s not cultural differences driving anti-immigration sentiment, but rather economic fears.

Fear of the Unknown

When people don’t understand the potential impact of immigration, fear fills the void. They worry about their jobs, safety, and the strain on healthcare and other systems.

Uncertainty Breeds Anxiety

Lack of clear information and open dialogue about immigration policy allows anxieties to spiral. People may feel their concerns are unheard, making them more likely to support extreme solutions.

It’s Not About Culture

This study underscores that even in tolerant societies, economic insecurity can shift attitudes and lead to calls for restrictive immigration policies.

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