Belgian-Dutch Political Science Conference location:Brussels date:2-3 June 2016
Current pressures on the welfare state and the increased diversity in Western societies have recently stirred up the interest of scholars in the welfare attitudes of migrants and ethnic minorities. This study contributes to the upcoming literature by investigating explanations for the attitudes of Moroccan and Turkish minorities toward redistribution and government responsibility. The main goal of the current study was to indicate that the explanatory frameworks of the existing literature fall short when applied to ethnic minorities and need to be expanded by indicators related to intergroup relations. The analysis of the Belgian Ethnic Minorities Survey 2014 (N=878) shows that feelings of fraternal relative deprivation and perceived individual discrimination have an important impact on the attitudes of Belgians of Turkish or Moroccan descent. Future research should focus on how minorities’ attitudes toward the welfare state are determined by factors related to how they perceive their disadvantaged position in society.