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Localizing the Far-Right Surge: Immigration Effects in Danish Municipalities

June 11, 2024

William Brown


Utilizing data across the five most recent parliamentary election cycles in Denmark, this paper investigates the traditional narrative that immigration drives the growth of far-right political parties. The results expand upon this assertion, demonstrating how the cultural factors of immigration cause a distinct local effect. While non-Western immigration increases far-right vote share on the local level, Western immigration is ultimately insignificant. Although questions remain concerning an antithetical outcome in highly urbanized areas and the relevance of immigration salience in far-right electoral support, this case study reinforces the idea that native populations discriminate between local immigrants based on their region of origin.

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Volume 12, Issue 1 (Spring 2024)

Volume 12, Number 1. Spring 2024