About Us

In many major immigrant-receiving countries in the world, the issue of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and their integration into host societies, is higher than ever on the political agenda. While much is known about both immigrants’ and host societies’ perspectives, we are confronted with new challenges in the 21st century as a result of the refugee crisis in the Middle East, the Global Financial Crisis, new political rhetoric surrounding immigration, and security concerns surrounding immigration, as well as changing immigration policies and practices. This conference, co-funded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) and the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP), brings together researchers interested in the topic of immigration from a psychological perspective to address these issues.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Determinants of Attitudes toward Immigrants and Refugees – The Role of Group Position, Norms and Justification of the System
  • Determinants of Attitudes toward Immigrants and Refugees – The Role of Identity and Perceived Costs and Benefits
  • Determinants of Attitudes toward Immigrants and Refugees – The Role of Perceived Threat and Cultural Values
  • Determinants of Attitudes toward Immigrants and Refugees – The Role of Media Depictions
  • Intergroup Contact, Acculturation, and Immigrant-Host Relations
  • Acculturation and Well-being of Immigrants and Refugees
  • Community and Regional Experiences of Immigrants and Hosts
  • The Multifaceted Nature of Multiculturalism

 

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