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Victim or threat? Shipwrecks, terrorist attacks and asylum decisions in France

Emeriau, Mathilde ORCID: 0000-0002-9091-1160 (2024) Victim or threat? Shipwrecks, terrorist attacks and asylum decisions in France. American Journal of Political Science. ISSN 0092-5853

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ajps.12829


Tragic events such as terrorist attacks have been shown to influence voters’ policy preferences, but less is known about whether such events also affect actual immigration policy. In this study, I bring new evidence to this question by examining whether migrant shipwrecks and terrorist attacks affected asylum decisions in France during the refugee crisis of 2015–16. I find that asylum officers were more likely to approve an individual's refugee application if a shipwreck has recently been in the news than they are otherwise. Yet they were less likely to grant refugee status to asylum seekers from Syria and Iraq after a terrorist attack. Together, these findings suggest that tragic events can affect immigration policy through their influence on asylum officers.

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Divisions: Government
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2023 15:27
Last Modified: 22 May 2024 17:51

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