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The allure of distant war drums: refugees, geography, and foreign policy preferences in Turkey

Getmanski, Anne, Sinmazdemir, Nazif Tolga and Zeitzoff, Thomas (2019) The allure of distant war drums: refugees, geography, and foreign policy preferences in Turkey. Political Geography, 74. ISSN 0962-6298

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Identification Number: /10.1016/j.polgeo.2019.102036

Abstract

Previous research argues that countries often intervene in the conflicts that cause refugees to flow across their borders. Public opinion against refugees may pressure states to intervene to ‘solve the refugee problem.’ We study what shapes public support for such intervention using a survey experiment in Turkey against the backdrop of the Syrian refugee crisis. We survey over 1,200 respondents with varied exposure to refugees, and randomize information about the consequences of hosting refugees to examine its effects on support for intervention in Syria. Emphasizing the negative externalities of hosting refugees, including their connection with militants, increases support for intervention among respondents who reside far from the Turkish-Syrian border. Closer to the border, this information reduces support for intervention in Syria. These findings highlight that vulnerability to the costs of intervention (proximity to the border) shapes public support for intervening. We also find that public opinion towards intervention is correlated with partisan identity and respondents’ daily exposure to refugees.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: International Relations
Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 15:42
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 23:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/101003

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