Dr. Naika Foroutan

Migration Matters

Immigrants vs. Natives: Does this divide exist?

Let’s dig a bit deeper into the common idea that there’s a natural divide between ‘immigrants’ and ‘natives’. Spoiler alert: it’s not as simple as that, at least when it comes to political views and electoral preferences. Prof. Dr. Naika Foroutan explains how the migration issue fits into larger debates within society.

Look out for…

  • Cleavage: a concept used in sociology and political science to explore how society is divided into groups
  • Immigrants vs. natives – A myth
  • Cleavage around either accepting or rejecting plurality
  • 30% of hispanics voted for Donald Trump
  • New alliances and new poles
  • Core contested issue of hybridisation, diversity, and pluralist democracy
  • Consistent issues of race, class, gender tapped by migration issue