Exclusionary attitudes toward the allocation of welfare benefits to Chinese immigrants in Hong Kong

Siu Yau Lee*, Isabella FS Ng, Kee Lee Chou

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Abstract

Studies on migration often assume that members of the same ethnic category are less likely to develop exclusionary attitudes toward each other. In order to explain why many Hong Kong people exhibit exclusionary attitudes toward granting social rights to Chinese immigrants who share the same ethnic ancestry with them, we conducted a phone survey to examine four important factors: (1) economic threat; (2) social threat; (3) negative stereotypes; and (4) contact with immigrants. We find that the economic threat-either at the societal or individual level-perceived by respondents does not explain their exclusionary attitudes. The results are consistent with alternative explanations emphasizing cultural and non-economic concerns commonly associated with ethnocentrism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-61
Number of pages21
JournalAsian and Pacific Migration Journal
Volume25
Issue number1
Early online date16 Dec 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development

User-Defined Keywords

  • China
  • Exclusionary attitudes
  • Hong Kong
  • Intergroup relations

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