Immigration Policy and the World Values Survey
By Bryan Caplan
Over at Open Borders, Nathan Smith shares his preliminary immigration policy empirics from the World Values Survey. Out of 48 countries surveyed, the people of Vietnam (?!) favor the fewest restrictions on immigration, and the people of Malaysia favor the most. The people of the U.S. come in 32rd, with 7% saying “let anyone come,” 37% favoring immigration “as long as jobs are available,” 49% favoring “strict limits,” and 8% advocating “prohibition.”
Weirdest result: The most pro-immigration religion, by a wide margin, is ancestor worship. I wonder if this just reflects a small-N, or if it would hold up in a multiple regression…
Read the whole thing.