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Perception of immigration to Iceland: The host country perspective
Murdock, Elke
2020In Meckl, Markus; Gunnþórsdóttir, Hermina (Eds.) Samfélag fjölbreytileikans: Samskipti heimamanna og innflytjenda á Íslandi.
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Keywords :
Iceland; Host country perspecitve; Immigration; Culture contact; Icelandic language; Adoption of cultural practices
Abstract :
[en] With 35.5 immigrants per 1000 inhabitants, Iceland had the third highest number of immigrants per inhabitants in Europe in 2018. Until the turn of the century, the foreign population percentage in Iceland was around 2%. In the last 5 years, this percentage has risen steadily to nearly 14% in 2020. How is this rapid rise in immigration experienced by the host country population? How are immigrants perceived and what are expectations in terms of behavior? The Inclusive Societies – Iceland project investigated both, the immigrants’ situation in Iceland, but also the native populations’ attitude towards immigration and immigrants. It is important to take the host country perspective into consideration, as diversity ideologies will also determine the acculturation options for minorities. A quantitative survey was conducted among 3630 native Icelanders (51.1% women, MAge = 50.8, SD = 15.6), spread across all regions of Iceland. The questions covered a range of domains pertinent to life in Iceland. In this Chapter only the questions pertaining directly to immigration and immigrants are analyzed. The results indicate that culture contact takes place – with, over two thirds of participants indicating that they have invited immigrants to their home and slightly under two thirds having been invited to immigrants’ homes. Overall, the perception is that immigrants have made a positive impact to communities. The vast majority of participants expect immigrants to learn Icelandic. The greatest divergence of views was found concerning the question, if immigrants should adopt Icelandic customs and values. The findings will be discussed in light of policy implications.
Disciplines :
Social, industrial & organizational psychology
Author, co-author :
Murdock, Elke ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences (DBCS)
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Title :
Perception of immigration to Iceland: The host country perspective
Publication date :
December 2020
Main work title :
Samfélag fjölbreytileikans: Samskipti heimamanna og innflytjenda á Íslandi.
Main work alternative title :
[en] Inclusive Societies: The Integration of Immigrants in Iceland.
Author, co-author :
Meckl, Markus
Gunnþórsdóttir, Hermina
Publisher :
University of Akureyri, Akureyri, Iceland
Pages :
Peer reviewed :
Peer reviewed
Focus Area :
Migration and Inclusive Societies
Name of the research project :
Inclusive Societies? The Integration of Immigrants in Iceland.
Funders :
Rannis Iceland
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