Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/213428
Authors: 
Hager, Anselm
Valasek, Justin
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
WZB Discussion Paper No. SP II 2020-301
Abstract: 
Despite numerous studies on the social and political impact of refugees in Europe, we have very little systematic evidence on the impact of refugee settlement on social cohesion in the developing world. Using data gathered in Northern Lebanon, we show that increased salience of the "refugee crisis" decreases natives' trust and prosocial preferences toward refugees, suggesting a negative impact of mass refugee settlement. However, this negative impact is driven exclusively by respondents with no individual exposure to refugees. In fact, despite concerns that refugee settlements may result in local conflict, we find that individual proximity to refugees is positively correlated with trust towards refugees, and that proximity has a positive spillover effect on social capital towards other migrants. This implies that, while the refugee crisis may have had a negative impact on social cohesion, this negative impact is mitigated in areas where natives are in contact with refugees.
Subjects: 
migration
social capital
experiment
ethnicity
JEL: 
F22
H41
D74
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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