Anita Manatschal

Anita Manatschal
Université de Neuchâtel | UniNE · Swiss Forum for Migration and Population Studies

PhD

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August 2015 - May 2016
University of California, Berkeley
Position
  • PostDoc Position
April 2012 - July 2015
Universität Bern
Position
  • senior researcher and lecturer

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Publications (40)
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While research documents that some migrants leave their country of origin for political reasons, we do not know how the political factors in the host‐country matter to explain immigrants' (im‐)mobility behaviours after an initial migration. Addressing this gap, this study explores noncitizens' (im‐)mobility responses to regional integration policie...
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The marked increase of asylum seekers arriving in Western Europe after 2014 has renewed debates on policy measures that countries should put into place to support their integration. Although implemented by many countries in recent years, research has neglected the effect of integration policy reform packages combining economic and social policy mea...
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More people than ever migrate across the world, thereby more people than ever live, study, and work in countries, regions, and institutions with high immigrant presence. Conflict and threat theories have argued that increasing immigration inevitably heightens native citizens' anti-immigrant prejudice. Drawing on alternate strands of social psycholo...
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One of the greatest achievements of the EU is the freedom of movement between member states offering citizens equal rights in EU member states. EU enlargement and the COVID-19 pandemic allow for a critical test of whether EU citizens are indeed treated equally in practice. We test preferential treatment of EU citizens in two hypothetical choice exp...
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Via naturalization procedures, immigrants have the opportunity to acquire rights and duties limited to nationals. Yet little is known about acculturative contexts and naturalization motives underlying immigrants' naturalization intentions. Employing a large sample of first-generation immigrants in Switzerland (N = 3928) and a multilevel approach, w...
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EU citizens have rights when living in a member state other than their own. Bureaucratic discrimination undermines the operation of these rights. We go beyond extant research on bureaucratic discrimination in two ways. First, we move beyond considering mobile EU citizens as homogenous immigrant minority to assess whether EU citizens from certain co...
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Much has been written on the positive effect of direct democracy (initiatives, referendums) on voter turnout. However, we have limited knowledge about potential differential effects on voters belonging to various ethnic groups. The paper argues that depending on a group’s responsiveness to the political context, direct democracy can (dis-)integrate...
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Over the past two decades, US states differentially increased their involvement in immigration policy-making, producing both welcoming and restrictive legislation. This uptick allows for a systematic comparative analysis on how state level policies affect immigrants' political attitudes and behavior. We scrutinize this question drawing on the polic...
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This special issue provides the first internationally comparative analysis of regional immigrant integration policies. The introduction defines socioeconomic, cultural–religious and legal–political domains of integration, expecting regions to be most active policy-makers in the first. Regional politics drives policy orientations: leftist regions de...
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This contribution investigates how cantonal norms of inclusion or exclusion, as expressed by cantonal integration policies and attitudes towards immigrants (xenophobia and right-wing voting), affect immigrants’ national identity in terms of their feelings of attachment to Switzerland. This chapter complements the emerging body of research emphasizi...
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A key question regarding the ongoing process of digitalization is whether it enables societies to overcome patterns of inequality or whether these patterns are fostered in the digital sphere. The article addresses this question for the case of online volunteering by examining the profiles of online and offline volunteers in terms of sociodemographi...
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Qualitative small-N comparisons face the challenge to detect context-bound causality under conditions of limited empirical diversity. Rather than treating context as a causal factor, we test the usefulness of the novel method of comparative multilevel analysis (CMA) to identify and understand the role of context as a contingent necessary condition...
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Increasing ethnic diversity and whether or not it impacts on social trust are highly debated topics. Numerous studies report a negative relationship between diversity and trust, particularly in the United States. A growing body of follow-up studies has examined the extent to which these findings can be transferred to Europe, but the results remain...
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Rund ein Viertel der Personen über 15 Jahren engagiert sich in der Schweiz unentgeltlich in einer Organisation, zehn Prozent besetzen ein gewähltes Ehrenamt. Und fast 40 Prozent wirken als Freiwillige ausserhalb von Vereinen. Insgesamt leisten die Menschen in der Schweiz etwa 700 Millionen Stunden Freiwilligenarbeit pro Jahr. Dies entspricht etwa n...
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Der vorliegende Beitrag setzt sich mit der Frage welche spezifischen Merkmale die SVP-Wählerschaft ausmachen und welche Entwicklungen für die Zukunft der SVP zu erwarten sind auseinander. In den letzten 20 Jahren hat die Schweizerische Volkspartei (SVP) ihren Wähleranteil mehr als verdoppelt und sich zur wählerstärksten Partei der Schweiz entwickel...
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Studies explaining immigrant integration policies commonly focus on single aspects such as right-populist party politics or the immigration legacy of a country. This neglects the overall character of the democratic system within which policy-making unfolds. Research on empirical patterns of democracy, in turn, suggests that consensus democracies pu...
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While the system stabilizing function of reciprocity is widely acknowledged, much less attention has been paid to the argument that reciprocity might initiate social cooperation in the first place. This paper tests Gouldner’s early assumption that reciprocity may act as a ‘starting mechanism’ of social cooperation in consolidating societies. The em...
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Immigration is a prominent and contested global topic of contemporary politics. Several recent popular votes targeting migration such as the minaret initiative, the automatic deportation initiative, and most recently the vote on “mass immigration”, evoke however the impression that Switzerland sets particularly harsh standards in migration policy....
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Increasing ethnic diversity and whether or not it impacts on trust are highly debated topics. Numerous studies report a negative relationship between diversity and trust, particularly in the US. A growing body of follow-up studies examined the extent to which these findings can be transferred to Europe, but the results remain inconclusive. Moving b...
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This paper evaluates whether volunteering is imbued with altruistic or strategic reciprocity. Although scholars have intensively studied the motivations and social norms to volunteer, to date there is no agreement why human beings perform activities in which time is freely given up in order to benefit another person, group or organization. We argue...
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In Switzerland, sub-national regulation in the field of immigration has developed mainly in relation to immigrant integration, whereas the areas of immigrant selection and immigration enforcement remain predominantly regulated by the central government. The current regulatory situation can be read as the result of three interacting factors: Switzer...
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This paper investigates whether integration policies influence immigrants' propensity to volunteer, the latter being an important element of immigrants' integration into the host society. By distinguishing different categories of integration policies at Switzerland's subnational level and applying a Bayesian multilevel approach, our results suggest...
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Migration policy regimes are mainly analysed from an international comparative perspective, whereas subnational policy variations, although they are particularly pronounced in federal states, remain largely neglected. By transferring an international concept of integration policy to Switzerland’s cantonal level, we show that cantonal variations of...
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Immigrant integration policies are commonly assumed to be shaped by traditional understandings of citizenship and belonging. Accordingly, such policy frameworks are considered path-dependent and thus stable over time. The recent surge of radical right anti-immigrant parties in many Western European countries challenges this stability-thesis. Severa...
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  Subnational varieties of immigrant integration policy, which are particularly salient in federal states, remain largely neglected by migration studies. Following Lijphart, who long demanded to verify international research at the subnational level, this study aims at capturing subnational policy variations using the example of Swiss cantons. In l...
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While the surge of radical right parties in western European countries is assumed to yield a restrictive impact on immigrant integration policies, little is known on how exactly such an influence might occur. The situation appears particularly complex at Switzerland's sub-national, canton level. Apart from party influence, exclusionary direct democ...
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While the surge of radical right parties in western European countries is assumed to yield a restrictive impact on immigrant integration policies, little is known on how exactly such an influence might occur. The situation appears particularly complex at Switzerland's sub-national, canton level. Apart from party influence, exclusionary direct democ...
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Subnational variations of immigrant integration policies, particularly salient in federal states, are largely neglected by studies on migration and citizenship. Considering the fact that a majority of post-war immigration countries reveal a federal structure, this disregard is astonishing. Looking at the Swiss case, the heterogeneous puzzle of subn...

Projects

Projects (2)
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Study bureaucratic discrimination against mobile EU citizens, as well as measures to overcome discrimination
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This strain of research proposes a social psychological perspective on citizenship acquisition. By crossing acculturation expectations from the host majority perspective and the actual experience of naturalised citizens, this project tackles the social psychological processes involved in the transition of immigrants from national outsiders to national insiders. Social identity dynamics and effects of naturalisation on intra-minority relations will be analysed in relation to broader normative contexts and representations of citizenship.