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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 / NFR: 270687
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 Research Professor PhD +47 984 96 736
Henning Finseraas Affiliated Researcher PhD +47 482 83 631
Øyvind Søraas Skorge Senior Research Fellow PhD +47 930 41 655
Marte Strøm Research Professor 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)
Magnus Bergli Rasmussen


  • Cools, Sara; Finseraas, Henning & Røgeberg, Ole (2021). Local Immigration and Support for Anti-Immigration Parties: A Meta-Analysis. American Journal of Political Science (AJPS). 65(4), p. 988–1006. doi: 10.1111/ajps.12613. Full text in Research Archive
  • Finseraas, Henning & Strøm, Marte (2021). Voter responses to refugee arrivals: Effects of settlement policy. European Journal of Political Research. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12461. Full text in Research Archive
  • Cools, Sara; Finseraas, Henning & Rasmussen, Magnus Bergli (2020). The Immigrant-Native Gap in Union Membership: A Question of Time, Sorting, or Culture? Labour. doi: 10.1111/labr.12186. Full text in Research Archive
  • Bratsberg, Bernt; Ferwerda, Jeremy; Finseraas, Henning & Kotsadam, Andreas (2020). How Settlement Locations and Local Networks Influence Immigrant Political Integration. American Journal of Political Science (AJPS). doi: 10.1111/ajps.12532. Full text in Research Archive
  • Finseraas, Henning; Røed, Marianne & Schøne, Pål (2019). Labour immigration and union strength. European Union Politics. 21(1), p. 3–23. doi: 10.1177/1465116519881194. Full text in Research Archive
  • Finseraas, Henning; Skorge, Øyvind Søraas & Strøm, Marte (2018). Does education affect immigration attitudes? Evidence from an education reform. Electoral Studies: an international journal on voting and electoral systems and strategy. 55(Oct), p. 131–135. doi: 10.1016/j.electstud.2018.06.009. Full text in Research Archive

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Tags: Working Life, Welfare, Migration, Elections and Democracy
Published May 15, 2018 10:47 AM - Last modified Feb. 12, 2021 2:32 PM