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It can be seen in the neighborhood that the increase of ethnic minorities has an ineffective impact on the mobilization of radical right-wing political parties

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Abstract: In many European countries, the proportion of people with immigrant backgrounds is increasing, while the support rate of radical right-wing parties is also soaring. In this article, we show how this increase affects the qualification of radical right-wing candidates. We use Swedish voter registration data to identify political candidates. Using geocoded data, we matched the individuals running for the Swedish Democratic Party with their community environment, and measured the changes in the proportion of ethnic minority residents in the range of 100 meters to 2 kilometers. For those living in the same community between 2006 and 2010, it can be seen that changes in the proportion of minorities usually do not affect the decision to join the pool of political party candidates. This result is robust when we introduce additional tests and choose on the neig scalebourhood, unemployment terciles, change in share of visible minority groups terciles, and entry threshold into the pool of candidates. For those who stayed in the same neighbourhood, the only significant finding is a small mobilisation effect for a subsample of individuals who live in densely populated metropolitan neighbourhoods – here we also observe a halo effect, with negative association for small-scale changes and positive association for changes in the larger halo zone.

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