The Usual Suspect? Attitudes towards Immigration during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sung Eun Kim, Adrian J. Shin, Yujeong Yang

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COVID-19 has intensified public apprehension about foreigners. In this article, we examine two questions related to public opinion on immigration. First, we assess the importance of cultural and economic factors in studying why individuals support or oppose immigration. Second, we examine the role of public health concerns in shaping attitudes towards open borders by priming the vaccination status of immigrants and the number of COVID-19 cases in their home countries. Using a conjoint analysis based on the data provided by nearly 1,700 respondents in South Korea, we find empirical support for both the existing explanations and public health concerns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Asian Public Policy
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • conjoint experiment
  • COVID-19
  • Immigration policy
  • public opinion
  • South Korea

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration


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