Project on Comparative Attitudes to Migration

  • Davison, Remy (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Di Lieto, Giovanni (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Menegatti, Emanuele (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Musaro, Pierluigi (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Doherty, Michael (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Mangan, David (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This proposal seeks to enhance EU studies in the area of immigration by improving our understanding of the drivers of migration flows and the short and medium-term implications of changes to the free movement of labour. There is relatively little understanding or study of how regulatory changes can affect citizens’ perceptions of labour market opportunities. However, geographic mobility is only one aspect of immigration. Increasingly, business decisions to utilise the digital economy and circumvent EU labour market restrictions has dramatically changed the need to recruit EU-based workers and pay wages and services within the regulatory and market boundaries of the EU.

This project also seeks to investigate a wide range of variables affecting public attitudes to immigration. For instance, ethnic groups based in a particular country may be more likely to support further immigration. Values are also important in driving immigration attitudes. Value-judgements around concepts such as equality of opportunity, security, sustainability, cultural integration, language learning, religious tolerance have a profound impact upon the attitudes of the publics to both source and destination countries. Our project will develop composite indices based upon these multiple variables to categorise and rank the most important drivers of, and obstacles to, people flows, both within the Single Market, and major European destination countries.

This proposal innovates through its multidisciplinarity, bringing together specialists in their fields. It will forge linkages between academic analysts, national and EU policy practitioners, as well as civil society representatives in both Europe and Australia. The project will also meet the Jean Monnet Activities’ objectives by developing the knowledge bases of students, academics and practitioners about attitudes to migration, free movement in the Single Market and EU integration.
Short title Comparative Attitudes to Migration
Effective start/end date19/11/2018/11/22


  • Free movement of workers
  • Immigration
  • Single Market
  • European integration