Attitudes Towards Asylum Seekers: The Australian Experience

  • Nick Haslam
  • Elise Holland
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)


Australian public opinion towards asylum seekers has often been unwelcoming at best and hostile at worst. This chapter examines the psychological underpinnings of these negative sentiments, exploring the demographic, ideological and personality factors associated with them, and the multiple, interwoven components of them. We examine the extent to which antipathy towards asylum seekers reflects racism, nationalism, social norms and a variety of emotional dynamics (fear, anger and disgust) and close with an examination of the ways in which asylum seekers are represented as less than human. Implications for changing public sentiment are discussed.


Negative Attitude National Identity Asylum Seeker News Medium Public Attitude 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nick Haslam
    • 1
  • Elise Holland
    • 1
  1. 1.Psychological SciencesThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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