Proportion of Foreigners Negatively Predicts the Prevalence of Xenophobic Hate Crimes Within German Districts

Autor(en): Wagner, Ulrich
Tachtsoglou, Sarantis
Kotzur, Patrick Ferdinand
Friehs, Maria-Therese
Kemmesies, Uwe
Stichwörter: ATTITUDES; East-West Germany; ETHNIC PREJUDICE; hate crime; immigrant proportion; IMMIGRATION; INTERGROUP CONTACT; intergroup threat; MINORITY; Psychology; Psychology, Social; SIZE; THREAT; xenophobia
Erscheinungsdatum: 2020
Herausgeber: SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
Journal: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY QUARTERLY
Volumen: 83
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 195
Seitenende: 205
Zusammenfassung: 
Statistics show that the increase in the number of refugees to Germany since 2015 was accompanied by an increase in xenophobic hate crimes. We deduced rivaling predictions from intergroup contact and intergroup threat theories that could explain the occurrence of xenophobic hate crimes. By combining structural data of the 402 German districts with the 2015 police crime statistics, we found evidence to support our predictions that aligns with intergroup contact theory: the higher the proportion of foreigners in a district, the lower the prevalence of xenophobic hate crimes. Our analyses further show that the prevalence of xenophobic hate crime attacks was positively related to the total prevalence of registered criminal offenses in a district and was higher in eastern German districts.
ISSN: 01902725
DOI: 10.1177/0190272519887719

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