How public discourse affects attitudes towards Freedom of Movement and Schengen

Published on 2019-09-19T12:07:07Z (GMT) by
<div><p>Regulating migration is currently one of the most salient issues in Europe. So far, research has overlooked how this politicisation affects attitudes towards migration regimes. This article links the literatures on public opinion and framing effects from a comparative European perspective and presents original data from representative EU-wide vignette experiments conducted in mid-December 2017 (<i>N</i> = 10.827). I show that framing Schengen as a threat to public security or national identity weakens support for the status quo inside Schengen and reaffirms it amongst Schengen outsiders. Regarding Freedom of Movement only negative frames, particularly those referring to labour market risks, have a significant impact. Given the weak public support in several EU member states, these findings have important implications for the future of European migration regimes.</p></div>

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Karstens, Felix (2019): How public discourse affects attitudes towards Freedom of Movement and Schengen. SAGE Journals. Collection. https://doi.org/10.25384/SAGE.c.4671563.v1