What is it about?
We examine under what circumstances politicians differentiate among immigrants, and when they politicize religion (Muslims). A large claims-making analysis 1995 to 2009 in seven Western European countries forms the empirical basis. There are more claims around Muslims when there are anti-immigrant parties in parliament. We find no evidence that the 9/11 terrorist attacks increased the politicization of Muslims.
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Why is it important?
Politicians can refer to immigrants in many different ways, and here we try to understand why Muslims are increasingly politicized in Western Europe.
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This page is a summary of: Why religion? Immigrant groups as objects of political claims on immigration and civic integration in Western Europe, 1995–2009, Acta Politica, April 2017, Springer Science + Business Media, DOI: 10.1057/ap.2016.1.
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