Attitudes towards homosexuality amongst recent Polish Migrants in Western Europe: migrant selectivity and attitude change

This contribution investigates the attitudes towards homosexuality of newly arrived immigrants from Poland in two Western European countries; Ireland and the Netherlands, with a particular interest in how these attitudes develop over time after migration. Polish natives are on average less accepting...

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Main Authors: Röder, Antje, Lubbers, Marcel
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2015
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Summary:This contribution investigates the attitudes towards homosexuality of newly arrived immigrants from Poland in two Western European countries; Ireland and the Netherlands, with a particular interest in how these attitudes develop over time after migration. Polish natives are on average less accepting of homosexuality than those of these two host countries. First, we infer from comparisons between migrants and non-migrants residing in the origin country whether a selection effect of migrants with a more liberal attitude exists. We find that there is evidence for selective out-migration that remains when controlling for pre-migration characteristics. Second, using data collected shortly after arrival of immigrants and from a second wave one and a half years later in the host country, we show whether immigrants adapt to the norms of the host country and to what extent they maintain the dominant attitudes of the origin country. We find that attitudinal changes after migration are associated with the level of social integration in the host country and maintenance of religious involvement.
Physical Description:31 Pages
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/es2019.0054