Immigration processes and the possible marginalization of ethnic minorities in the receiving countries are essential issues in contemporary societies. Prejudice and discrimination can be critical obstacles to immigrants’ integration into the host country and can severely affect their well-being and mental health. This theoretical and conceptual overview aims to highlight the critical social–psychological processes underlying attitudes toward immigrants. First, it tackles the social psychological roots of social prejudice by focusing on the role of individual (ideological, motivational, and cultural) factors and categorization processes. Second, it examines how contextual factors such as intergroup perceptions and structural relations can lead to high levels of prejudice and discrimination towards immigrants. This review highlights how prejudice against immigrants can be driven by various factors at the individual and contextual level, suggesting that programs aimed at facilitating harmonious relations in contemporary multi-ethnic societies should consider such different determinants. Accordingly, the conclusion discusses possible interventions that can promote better relations between the majority and immigrant groups and counteract the negative impact of discrimination.

Prejudice towards Immigrants: A Conceptual and Theoretical Overview on Its Social Psychological Determinants / Albarello, Flavia; Moscatelli, Silvia; Menegatti, Michela; Lucidi, Fabio; Cavicchiolo, Elisa; Manganelli, Sara; Diotaiuti, Pierluigi; Chirico, Andrea; Alivernini, Fabio. - In: SOCIAL SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-0760. - ELETTRONICO. - 13:1(2024), pp. 24.1-24.18. [10.3390/socsci13010024]

Prejudice towards Immigrants: A Conceptual and Theoretical Overview on Its Social Psychological Determinants

Albarello, Flavia
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Moscatelli, Silvia;Menegatti, Michela;
2024

Abstract

Immigration processes and the possible marginalization of ethnic minorities in the receiving countries are essential issues in contemporary societies. Prejudice and discrimination can be critical obstacles to immigrants’ integration into the host country and can severely affect their well-being and mental health. This theoretical and conceptual overview aims to highlight the critical social–psychological processes underlying attitudes toward immigrants. First, it tackles the social psychological roots of social prejudice by focusing on the role of individual (ideological, motivational, and cultural) factors and categorization processes. Second, it examines how contextual factors such as intergroup perceptions and structural relations can lead to high levels of prejudice and discrimination towards immigrants. This review highlights how prejudice against immigrants can be driven by various factors at the individual and contextual level, suggesting that programs aimed at facilitating harmonious relations in contemporary multi-ethnic societies should consider such different determinants. Accordingly, the conclusion discusses possible interventions that can promote better relations between the majority and immigrant groups and counteract the negative impact of discrimination.
2024
Prejudice towards Immigrants: A Conceptual and Theoretical Overview on Its Social Psychological Determinants / Albarello, Flavia; Moscatelli, Silvia; Menegatti, Michela; Lucidi, Fabio; Cavicchiolo, Elisa; Manganelli, Sara; Diotaiuti, Pierluigi; Chirico, Andrea; Alivernini, Fabio. - In: SOCIAL SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-0760. - ELETTRONICO. - 13:1(2024), pp. 24.1-24.18. [10.3390/socsci13010024]
Albarello, Flavia; Moscatelli, Silvia; Menegatti, Michela; Lucidi, Fabio; Cavicchiolo, Elisa; Manganelli, Sara; Diotaiuti, Pierluigi; Chirico, Andrea; Alivernini, Fabio
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