Non-Migrants' Interethnic Relationships with Migrants: The Role of the Residential Area, the Workplace, and Attitudes toward Migrants from a Longitudinal Perspective

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Philipp Eisnecker

In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 45 (2019), 5, S. 804-824


This paper studies the determinants of interethnic relationships between non-migrants and migrants in Germany. A large body of literature documents that such relationships generate positive outcomes for individual migrants as well as non-migrants and the social cohesion of host-societies at large. Previous research tends to focus on the migrant side, thereby neglecting the factors enabling non-migrants’ interethnic relationships. Moreover, the existing research on non-migrants exclusively uses cross-sectional data for causal inferences. In contrast, this paper draws on longitudinal data, thus providing a more comprehensive and empirically rigorous picture of the determinants of interethnic relationships. The paper identifies possible determinants of non-migrants’ interethnic relationships, combining them into a single analytical framework that allows for gauging their relative importance. Moderately high migrant shares in the neighbourhood are found to be connected to more interethnic relationships, while a higher share of foreigners in the wider region only has a positive effect for the employed. Neither employment status nor migrant share at work are found to be connected to non-migrants’ interethnic relationships. Finally, persons feeling threatened by immigration and migrants are largely found to be less likely to have interethnic relationships, while sympathy with migrants works in the opposite direction.

Philipp Eisnecker

Research Associate in the German Socio-Economic Panel study Department

Keywords: Social integration, interethnic relationships, longitudinal study, bridging ties, SOEP