Refugee or Internally Displaced Person? To Where Should One Flee?

Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 39, August 2006

37 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2005

See all articles by Will H. Moore

Will H. Moore

Florida State University - Department of Political Science

Steve Shellman

College of William and Mary - Department of Government; University of Georgia - School of Public and International Affairs

Abstract

This study investigates the circumstances that lead some countries to produce a large number of refugees and relatively few internally displaced persons (IDPs) as opposed to a large number of IDPs and relatively few refugees. We develop the hypothesis that refugee flows are greater in the face of state (sponsored) genocide/politicide than they are in response to other state coercion, dissident campaigns of violence, or civil wars. We also argue that countries surrounded by poor, authoritarian regimes will produce fewer refugees (relative to IDPs) than those surrounded by wealthy, democratic neighbors. We employ a sample selection model to conduct statistical analyses using data on a global sample of countries for the period 1976-1995. Our results support many of our hypotheses and suggest that the choice-centered approach produces useful answers to new questions that other scholars have yet to ask.

Keywords: Refugees, forced migration, internally displaced persons

JEL Classification: F22, D74, H57

Suggested Citation

Moore, Will H. and Shellman, Steve, Refugee or Internally Displaced Person? To Where Should One Flee?. Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 39, August 2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=707783

Will H. Moore (Contact Author)

Florida State University - Department of Political Science ( email )

Talahasse, FL 30306
United States
850-644-6924 (Phone)

Steve Shellman

College of William and Mary - Department of Government ( email )

Government Dept, College of William & Mary
Post Office Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23186
United States

University of Georgia - School of Public and International Affairs ( email )

Athens, GA 30602-6254
United States

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