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Are the religiously observant more or less hostile to immigration?

8 February 2018

A collaboration between Faculty staff and students provides fresh insight on attitudes to immigration and immigrants in UK society.

The findings of the research project, led by Dr Siobhan McAndrew, Lecturer in Sociology with Quantitative Research Methods, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, provide the best evidence base on religion and attitudes to immigration for 2010-2017, and include original data on how attitudes have changed post-Brexit.

The report ‘Faith and welcoming: Do the religious feel differently about immigration and immigrants?’ presents extensive detail on the precise effects of religious affiliation and of the frequency of attendance on immigration attitudes. It comprises the most detailed set of analyses of the relationship between religion and immigration attitudes using recent data currently available for Britain.

Read the full report.

‘Faith and Welcoming’ is the result of a staff-student research project at the University of Bristol by participants in the Q-Step scheme. The students, who have completed or are completing QStep degree programmes, led on separate sections of the analysis, and joint-authored the literature review. The team comprised:

  • Wing Chan - An MSc student in Social Policy at the University of Oxford, having graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2017 in Social Policy with Quantitative Research Methods.
  • Harry Drake - A final-year student in Sociology with Quantitative Research Methods at the University of Bristol.
  • Lucy Moor - A third-year student on the M.Sci. in Politics with Quantitative Research Methods at the University of Bristol.
  • Tom Owton - A second-year PhD student in Geography and an ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods student at the University of Bristol.
  • Silvia Sim graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2017 in Sociology with Quantitative Research Methods.

Dr McAndrew and her team worked with BBC Radio 4 Local Radio Religion on the project, which was broadcast this week. Listen again.

Further information

The Q Step initiative is led by the Nuffield Foundation in a consortium with the Economic and Social Research Council and HEFCE, the programme supports new courses educating social science students in quantitative methods, via a £19.5 million investment geared to achieving a ‘step change’ in quantitative skills acquisition in the UK.

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