Ageing, local birth rates and attitudes towards immigration: Evidence from a transition economy
Ivlevs, A. (2012) Ageing, local birth rates and attitudes towards immigration: Evidence from a transition economy. Regional Studies, 46 (7). pp. 947-959. ISSN 0034-3404 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/14288
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2010.546779
This paper studies the links between local birth rates and individual attitudes towards immigration, focusing on Latvia - a country in economic transition and demographic decline. Possible channels through which local demographics may affect immigration preferences are discussed. Using 2005 survey data, a significant correlation between local birth rates and immigration preferences is found: people are more favourable to the inflow of foreign workers in municipalities where fewer children are born. The link tends to be stronger among the elderly and women.