Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129617
Authors: 
Benček, David
Strasheim, Julia
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
Kiel Working Paper 2032
Abstract: 
The recent rise of xenophobic attacks against refugees in Germany has sparked both political and scholarly debates on the drivers, dynamics, and consequences of right-wing violence. Thus far, a lack of systematic data collection and data processing has inhibited the quantitative analysis to help explain this social phenomenon. This paper introduces a new georeferenced event dataset on anti-refugee violence and social unrest in Germany in 2014 and 2015 based on a public chronicle. Our dataset includes information of 1645 events of four different types of right-wing violence and social unrest: demonstrations, assault, arson attacks, and miscellaneous attacks against refugee housing. After discussing how the dataset was constructed, we offer a descriptive analysis of patterns of right-wing violence and unrest in Germany in 2014 and 2015. We conclude by outlining preliminary ideas on how the dataset can be used in future research.
Subjects: 
right-wing extremist violence
georeferenced event data
refugees
JEL: 
C80
D74
J15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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