Colour-blind Attitudes Among Welfare Professionals: Examining the Relationship Between Colour-blind Attitudes, Anti-immigration Attitudes and Social Desirability

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Colour blindness is a concept that is established in the US context, and it has gained increased attention among European scholars. Yet we find less studies in the European context that measure colour-blind attitudes and show its prevalence among different groups. Therefore, this paper examines the prevalence of colour-blind attitudes among Swedish welfare professionals’ and how these attitudes are associated with anti-immigration attitudes but also social desirability. To this end, survey data is examined with a regression analysis. Welfare professionals who report greater levels of colour-blind attitudes are simultaneously more likely to report greater levels of anti-immigration attitudes. This paper thereby tests how colour-blind attitudes, a concept from the US context, can be applied to a Swedish welfare institutional context and finds convergent results.
TidsskriftNordic Journal of Migration Research
Udgave nummer3
Antal sider18
StatusUdgivet - 2023


  • Colour-blind attitudes
  • Anti-immigration attitudes
  • Migration
  • Welfare work
  • Racial inequality
  • Quantitative