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Immigration and Support for the Welfare State: Local and Institutional Responses

Project period 2017 - 2020
Project employer Norges forskningsråd
Project nr. 10206
Project leader Henning Finseraas
Bilde av menneskemasse på flyplass sett ovenfra


Project Background

The project studies how different forms of immigration affect the political support of the welfare state. We understand the welfare state's political support as depending on the preferences of voters and parties, as well as on the strength of institutions in the labor market (trade unions).

Project Approach

We study responses to immigration using individual data (survey and administrative data), regional data and cross-national data. Using various types of natural experiments, we try to uncover causal effects of immigration.


ParticipantDegree PhoneE-mail
Sara Cools Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 984 96 736
Henning Finseraas Research Professor PhD +47 482 83 631
Magnus Bergli Rasmussen Affiliated researcher PhD +47 995 17 477
Øyvind Søraas Skorge Senior Research Fellow PhD +1 617 335 5026
Marte Strøm Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 408 85 333
Andreas Kotsadam (Frischsenteret)
Staffan Kumlin (the University of Oslo)
Jonas Pontusson (University of Geneva)
David Soskice (London School of Economics)


  • Henning Finseraas; Marianne Røed & Pål Schøne (2019). Labour immigration and union strength. European Union Politics (EUP).
  • Henning Finseraas; Øyvind Søraas Skorge & Marte Strøm (2018). Does education affect immigration attitudes? Evidence from an education reform. Electoral Studies.  55, s 131- 135

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Tags: Working Life, Welfare, Migration, Elections and Democracy
Published May 15, 2018 10:47 AM - Last modified May 15, 2018 11:07 AM