The difficulties of universal redistribution in times of welfare chauvinism

The difficulties of universal redistribution in times of welfare chauvinism

Previous studies have found substantial support across Europe for the creation of a universal basic income system. Yet as Matthias Diermeier and Judith Niehues explain, there is also widespread support for restricting the access of immigrants to state benefits. Drawing on new research, they assess how these two perspectives shape wider attitudes toward welfare.

Several European countries that operate substantial welfare states have admitted large numbers of immigrants over recent decades. This has resulted in a significant increase in diversity. In Germany and Sweden, for instance, the share of the population that is foreign-born has risen to 16 per […]

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