The tension between immigrants from Mainland China and Hong Kong locals has intensified in recent years. Using an original telephone survey that interviewed a representative sample of the Hong Kong population, this article evaluates three major explanations—economic self-interest, sociotropic concerns and psychological dispositions—for anti-immigrant sentiments. The findings suggest that negative attitudes toward immigrants are significantly related to sociotropic concerns. More importantly, such concerns are more prevalent among respondents who have a strong "Hong Konger" identity. Overall, this article presents new evidence for evaluating the relative influence of different factors in the formation of immigration attitudes in the Greater China region. Copyright © 2018 by Scalabrini Migration Center.
CitationLee, S.-Y., & Chou, K.-L. (2018). Explaining attitudes toward immigrants from Mainland China in Hong Kong. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 27(3), 273-298. doi: 10.1177/0117196818790572
- Attitudes toward immigrants
- Economic self-interest
- Sociotropic concerns
- Hong Kong