This paper provides the first global analysis of ethnic-related partner preferences of online daters. We examine 24 countries in North America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and – uniquely, South America and Africa. Examining preferences for partners with a similar (in-group) or different (out-group) ethnic background, we ask if the size of the minority population and immigration climate (attitudes, policies) play a role. We do this at the national and then more fine-grained regional level. We find a preference for in-groups, hierarchy of preferences amongst majority and minority groups and gender differences. Daters in countries with a large foreign-born population have an increased preference for minority groups. Anti-immigrant attitudes and restrictive migrant policies are associated with stronger in-group preferences for majority groups. Fine-grained regional analysis show differences by gender and in largely white homogenous counties (e.g., US). We reflect on the implications of our results for immigrant integration policies.
Presented in Session 16. Ethnic and Migrant Partnership Formation