Attitudes towards migration and regional integration

Since the refugee crisis, attitudes towards immigration and the European Union (EU) have come to be a major challenge for the European integration process. Right-wing populist parties campaign on anti-immigrant and anti-EU issues and have arguably contributed to an increasing polarization of European societies. In this project, Esther Ademmer and colleagues from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy analyse a large set of comments of social media users to explore whether and to what extent the EU has indeed been increasingly contested in the course of the refugee crisis and whether this has changed political conflict in the EU on the micro-level. This research is conducted in the framework of the Mercator Dialogue on Asylum and Migration in Europe (MEDAM) at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Visit or contact Esther Ademmer for further information.