Terrorism and immigration policy preferences

Helbling, M., Meierrieks, D. and Pardos-Prado, S. (2022) Terrorism and immigration policy preferences. Defence and Peace Economics, (doi: 10.1080/10242694.2022.2061837) (Early Online Publication)

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What is the causal impact of terrorism on immigration policy preferences? Under what circumstances and due to which psychological micro-mechanisms does this impact materialize? To answer these questions, we provide evidence from pre-registered and well-powered experiments for Germany and the United Kingdom. We find that anti-immigration responses to terrorism follow an emotional proximity rationale: terrorism leads to more restrictive migration policy preferences only among individuals with high levels of perceived insecurity, especially when terrorism occurs in their own country. Policy preferences are not affected by terrorism abroad or by information cues on the objectively low probability of being victimized.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Early Online Publication
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pardos-Prado, Professor Sergi
Authors: Helbling, M., Meierrieks, D., and Pardos-Prado, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Defence and Peace Economics
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1476-8267
Published Online:13 April 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Author(s).
First Published:First published in Defence and Peace Economics 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence

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