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Abstract

Politicians with xenophobic and anti-immigration policies often cite the economic insecurity that immigrants create as justification. The refugee crisis in Syria and other areas of the Middle East has made immigration a salient topic in the western world and especially in the European Union (EU) in recent years. Germany leads the EU in receiving asylum seekers from the crisis and historically has a welcoming culture or willkommenskultur to refugees; it has also experienced a rise in negative sentiment against immigrants. This paper seeks to find if economic insecurity has caused negative sentiment against immigrants to rise in Germany. A comparison of these two variables shows economic concerns cannot account for the rise in sentiment against immigrants in Germany. Further analysis demonstrates that security concerns and dissatisfaction with current policy helped provoke the rise in sentiment and led some German voters to seek different political solutions in the recent election.

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