“They Steal Our Jobs”: An analysis of Group Threat Theory toward immigrants. A case study of South Africa and the European Refugee Crisis
Researcher: Yasmin Sizwe, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Supervisors: Professor Rod Alence, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
This research will be testing the theory of group threat which hypothesizes that economic conditions and immigrant populations are the main influences of negative perceptions towards immigrants in host countries. This analysis will be specifically be looking at Gross domestic product (growth) and Net migration as the main predictors, which a perception index will be regressed against these predictors. This analysis specifically uses a multiple regression model as a means of determining this relationship. In using this model, it is concluded that Net migration is more influential on perceptions than economic conditions in shaping perceptions of immigrants. This relationship is further explored below.