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Scientifically Informed Solidarity: Changing Anti-Immigrant Prejudice about Universal Access to Health

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Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Barcelona, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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CREA Research Community, Department of Sociology, University of Barcelona, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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AQR-IREA Research Group, Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Applied Economics, University of Barcelona, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editor: Frank Trovato
Sustainability 2021, 13(8), 4174; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084174
Received: 27 January 2021 / Revised: 1 April 2021 / Accepted: 5 April 2021 / Published: 8 April 2021
Currently, anti-immigrant sentiment has emerged again in European countries, as witnessed, for example, by the rise of xenophobic parties in many member states. This is a prejudice that is not new but that intensifies in certain circumstances, such as the economic crisis. This change in attitudes towards immigration has an impact on the preferences of citizens regarding the universal access to public resources and rights. The results of this article come from the analysis of certain variables of the Transnational European Solidarity Survey (TESS) conducted during 2016 in 13 member countries of the European Union. Specifically, two packages of variables are analysed regarding the degree of solidarity in relation to the access to public health services for immigrants before and after receiving scientific information about the collective benefits of the provision of health for the entire population, including undocumented immigrants. While there is much literature that analyses how scientific literacy in health and education issues improves the situation of vulnerable groups, few studies have analysed how scientific knowledge helps to modify the prejudices and discriminatory attitudes of the general population, thus contributing to the improvement of the health of the entire population. View Full-Text
Keywords: anti-immigrant discourse; solidarity; scientific literacy; public health; prejudices; immigrants; Europe anti-immigrant discourse; solidarity; scientific literacy; public health; prejudices; immigrants; Europe
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De Botton, L.; Ramos, R.; Soler-Gallart, M.; Suriñach, J. Scientifically Informed Solidarity: Changing Anti-Immigrant Prejudice about Universal Access to Health. Sustainability 2021, 13, 4174. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084174

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De Botton L, Ramos R, Soler-Gallart M, Suriñach J. Scientifically Informed Solidarity: Changing Anti-Immigrant Prejudice about Universal Access to Health. Sustainability. 2021; 13(8):4174. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084174

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De Botton, Lena, Raul Ramos, Marta Soler-Gallart, and Jordi Suriñach. 2021. "Scientifically Informed Solidarity: Changing Anti-Immigrant Prejudice about Universal Access to Health" Sustainability 13, no. 8: 4174. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13084174

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