In this article, we examine the relationship between immigration and anti-foreigner hate crime. By exploiting the quasi-experimental allocation of asylum seekers in Germany, we estimate the causal effect of an unexpected and sudden change in the share of the foreign-born population on anti-foreigner hate crime. Our first-difference county-level analysis yields two major results. The rise in hate crime is not related to the mere size of immigration. However, immigration matters for the rise in hate crime in predominantly `white' areas.



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