Why do immigrants support an anti-immigrant party? : Russian-Germans and the Alternative for Germany

Faculty/Professorship: Political Sociology  
Author(s): Mayer, Sabrina Jasmin  ; Elis, Jonas; Spies, Dennis Christopher; Goerres, Achim
Title of the Journal: West European Politics
ISSN: 1743-9655, 0140-2382
Publisher Information: Basingstoke [u.a.] : Routledge, Taylor & Francis
Year of publication: 2023
Volume: 46
Issue: 2
Pages: 275-299
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2022.2047544
By reaching a vote share of 12.6 percent in the 2017 federal election, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) ended Germany’s rare status as a Western European polity lacking a significant Populist Radical Right Party (PRRP). Some of this support comes from a group not usually expected to vote for PRRPs: immigrant-origin voters. Recent survey data shows high levels of support for the AfD especially within the group of Russian-Germans – immigrants from the former Soviet Union and its successor states. What motivates these immigrant-origin voters to support an anti-immigrant party? This article argues that support for the AfD – besides immigration-related preferences – can be best explained by their levels of assimilation or incorporation for different domains regarding the mainstream German society. Especially low levels of economic and social integration, and in particular a strong ethnic identity, relate positively to favouring the German radical right.
GND Keywords: Russlanddeutsche; Wahlverhalten; Alternative für Deutschland; Bundestagswahl; Geschichte 2017
Keywords: Germany, immigrants, Right Populist Party, integration, election
DDC Classification: 320 Political Science  
RVK Classification: MG 15480   
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/54324
Release Date: 7. July 2022