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
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2023
Pages: 275-299
Source/Other editions: West European Politics, 46 (2023), 2, S. 275-299 - ISSN: 1743-9655
is version of: 10.1080/01402382.2022.2047544
Year of first publication: 2023
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-NC-ND - Attribution - NonCommercial - NoDerivatives 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-576554
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   
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/57655
Release Date: 19. January 2023

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