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date: 13 June 2021

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This chapter provides an overview of research on migration and multiculturalism from the perspective of political psychology. The first section historically frames the two major modes of migrant incorporation, assimilation and multiculturalism. The second section summarizes research on the psychological dynamics involved in the migrant experience, in particular migrant identities, acculturation and adaptation in receiving societies, as well as intergroup approaches to acculturation and multiculturalism. The third part analyzes the role of various forms of threat perceptions for the attitudes and beliefs of majority populations in receiving societies. The fourth section presents recent multilevel research on the effects of contextual factors on attitudes toward immigration. In the conclusion, ongoing and future challenges for research on migration and multiculturalism are outlined.

Keywords: multiculturalism, acculturation, ethnic identity, prejudice, intergroup threat, intergroup contact, immigration attitudes, multilevel

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