Xenophobia and its implications for refugee policies: A cross-national study

dc.contributor.advisor Robert Urbatsch
dc.contributor.author D'Amico, Elisa
dc.contributor.department Political Science
dc.date 2018-08-11T06:28:40.000
dc.date.accessioned 2020-06-30T03:10:25Z
dc.date.available 2020-06-30T03:10:25Z
dc.date.copyright Tue May 01 00:00:00 UTC 2018
dc.date.embargo 2001-01-01
dc.date.issued 2018-01-01
dc.description.abstract <p>Refugee policy matters, both for academic researchers and real-world policy debates. The topic of refugee integration is just as relevant. Xenophobia has been on the rise and is an important theme in the realm of refugee policy discussion as well. Does xenophobia lower the likelihood of a nation’s policies helping to integrate refugees with the rest of society? If host-nation citizens fear that refugees will harm the economy, increase terrorism and heighten crime rates, lawmakers will have little reason to prioritize integrative refugee policies. These factors suggest that when a country is more xenophobic, integrative refugee policies will not be high on the lawmakers’ agenda. To examine this question, this study uses information about 67 countries from a variety of sources including the World Values Survey, UNHCR country reports and the European Social Survey. A multivariate regression controlling for region, economic downturns, whether the country is in the European Union as well as additional confounding variables shows that higher xenophobic tendencies among a countries population do in fact lead to a lower likelihood of a nation’s implementing an integrative refugee policy. Also analyzed was whether percent increase in incidents of terrorism, crime rates and economic health had statistical significance in terms of percent change in refugee acceptance over the span of 2012–2016. The results of this analysis show that there is not statistical significance that a high percent change in refugee admittance leads to a high percent increase in incidents of terrorism, crime rates and safety rates. However, a high percent change in refugee admittance leads to a high percent change in economic growth. Future research should further investigate the implications of xenophobia at a governmental level on integration policies.</p>
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dc.identifier archive/lib.dr.iastate.edu/etd/16339/
dc.identifier.articleid 7346
dc.identifier.contextkey 12318564
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-180810-5969
dc.identifier.s3bucket isulib-bepress-aws-west
dc.identifier.submissionpath etd/16339
dc.identifier.uri https://dr.lib.iastate.edu/handle/20.500.12876/30522
dc.language.iso en
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dc.subject.disciplines International Relations
dc.subject.disciplines Public Policy
dc.subject.keywords Integration
dc.subject.keywords Migration
dc.subject.keywords Multicultural
dc.subject.keywords Policy
dc.subject.keywords Refugee
dc.subject.keywords Xenophobia
dc.title Xenophobia and its implications for refugee policies: A cross-national study
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thesis.degree.discipline Political Science
thesis.degree.level thesis
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
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