Not welcome anymore : the effect of electoral incentives on the reception of refugees
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Do electoral incentives affect immigration policies? Exploiting the Italian system for refugees’ reception and data from Italian municipalities, we show that proximity to elections reduces the probability that a municipality applies to host a refugee center by 26%, despite the economic benefits arising from these centers. Low electoral competition and high shares of extreme-right voters drive the effect. Our results are rationalized by a theoretical model and can explain the unequal distribution of refugees across and within countries.
Gamalerio , M & Negri , M 2023 , ' Not welcome anymore : the effect of electoral incentives on the reception of refugees ' , Journal of Economic Geography , vol. 23 , no. 4 , lbad002 , pp. 901-920 . https://doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbad002
Journal of Economic Geography
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DescriptionFunding: M.G. thanks for the research funds received from the Diputacio´ de Barcelona in cooperation with the Institut d’Economia de Barcelona (IEB). The usual disclaimer applies.
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