Contextual Factors and Prejudice at the Beginning of the Migrant Influx: The Moroccan Case in Seville, Spain

23 January, 2019

Reference: Iglesias‐Pascual, R., Paloma, V., & García‐Ramírez, M. (2018). Contextual factors and prejudice at the beginning of the migrant influx: The Moroccan case in Seville, Spain. Population, Space and Place, e2204. doi:

Abstract: Studies addressing contextual factors associated with anti‐immigrant prejudice have focused on out‐group size and rapid demographic changes in receiving locations. However, the territorial concentration and distribution of ethnic minorities at a local and intraurban level has received little attention. We analyse the relationship between emerging territorial concentration points—alongside other contextual variables—by Moroccans and receiving society’s growing prejudice towards them in a city experiencing the start of a migrant influx. We combine survey and census data from five Seville districts (southern Spain). Our results show how rapid changes in the general population’s ethnic composition, coupled with Moroccan and economic migrants’ territorial concentration, correlate strongly with negative attitudes towards Moroccans at this early stage. However, a weaker relationship between the immigrant percentage and degree of prejudice by the receiving group is observed. We also discuss guidelines for ensuring good, local diversity management to prevent socioterritorial fragmentation in multicultural cities.

Keywords: Cultural diversity management, Demographic change, Immigrants, Out‐group size, Prejudice, Territorial concentration.

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