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In the context of the European “migration crisis,” the rise of populism and nationalism, and dramatic changes in the political-party spectrum, understanding attitudes towards immigrants and immigration and the factors behind these attitudes represents an important issue. This chapter contributes to understanding this phenomenon in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). We examine how attitudes towards immigrants and immigration are shaped by elements of national identity and political culture. With regard to such attitudes overall, we find that the “Western” countries, Germany and Austria, generally embrace more positive views than CEE countries.

In: Behind the Illiberal Turn: Values in Central Europe
“We have to abandon liberal methods and principles of organizing a society. The new state that we are building is an illiberal state, a non-liberal state”, Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban famously said in 2014, exemplifying a broader trend taking place in Central Europe. Why would the countries that were praised as democratization and Europeanization success stories take an illiberal turn? This volume explores changing values and attitudes to explain events that took place in the aftermath of the financial and migration crisis in six Central European countries: Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.