Susceptibility to Threatening Information and Opposition to Refugee Resettlement

61 Pages Posted: 24 Jul 2018 Last revised: 31 Jul 2020

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Yusaku Horiuchi

Dartmouth College - Department of Government

Yoshikuni Ono

Tohoku University - School of Law

Date Written: July 30, 2020

Abstract

A growing number of news articles and politicians' statements treat refugees as if they were potential terrorists. However, existing studies have yet thoroughly examined how threatening information about refugees affects natives' attitudes toward refugee resettlement. To address this issue, we conducted a survey experiment in Japan, where the volume of news about refugees has increased sharply despite the absence of severe security concerns linked to the influx of refugees to the country. And we find two striking patterns. First, natives have strong NIMBY (Not-in-my-backyard) attitudes toward refugee resettlement. Second, natives become more strongly opposed to refugee resettlement when they are exposed to frames that depict refugees as threatening, regardless of the proximity to threats and the proximity to resettlement. These results highlight important theoretical and policy implications for scholars interested in intergroup relations and international policy efforts to address the global refugee crisis.

Keywords: perceived threat, intergroup relations, framing effect, refugees, Japan

JEL Classification: D72, D80, F22, J15, J61

Suggested Citation

Horiuchi, Yusaku and Ono, Yoshikuni, Susceptibility to Threatening Information and Opposition to Refugee Resettlement (July 30, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3206667 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3206667

Yusaku Horiuchi (Contact Author)

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Yoshikuni Ono

Tohoku University - School of Law ( email )

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