Documentos CIDOB Migraciones, n.º 23
This paper analyses the association between public attitudes towards immigration and voting behaviour in Catalonia. On the basis of the European comparative literature on immigration and voting, this paper distinguishes between the determinants of anti-immigrant and mainstream parties. The results suggest that, in comparison to other European systems, Catalonia is on average quite hostile on different semantic framings of the immigration issue. Economic threat perceptions have the strongest levels of association with voting behaviour, suggesting that the politicisation of the immigration issue in Catalonia is more linked to conflicts over the redistribution of scarce resources than to cultural conflicts. The probability to vote for a radical anti-immigrant party in Catalonia is so far more determined by right-wing ideological positions than by sentiments of national identity.
Keywords: Voting behaviour, attitudes towards immigration, xenophobia, Catalonia, Europe, radical right.