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Marc Helbling (Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow/ University of Bamberg) gives a talk on “Transnational Terrorism and Restrictive Immigration Policies"

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  • Wed 14 Nov 2018 12.30 - 14.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-11-14 12:30 2018-11-14 14:00 Europe/Paris Marc Helbling (Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow/ University of Bamberg) gives a talk on “Transnational Terrorism and Restrictive Immigration Policies"

SPS Departmental Seminar Series

Abstract: We study the effect of transnational terrorism risk perception on immigration policy change for a sample of 30 OECD countries between 1981 and 2010. We argue that to avoid electoral defeat governments may implement more restrictive migration policies during times of high terrorism risk to signal political resolve to an electorate that dislikes the fear and economic instability that are associated with terrorism. We find that an increased perception of transnational terrorism risk leads to stricter migration controls but does not affect general migration policy. We show that this finding holds for different operationalization of terrorism risk and when endogeneity is accounted for. Furthermore, we provide some evidence that the nexus between terrorism risk perception and immigration policy changed after the end of the Cold War, potentially as transnational terrorism by Islamist groups (which tends to be more bloody and directed at civilian targets) became more prominent.

Paper by Marc Helbling (University of Bamberg and WZB Berlin Social Science Center) and Daniel Meierrieks (WZB Berlin Social Science Center)

Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana DD/MM/YYYY
  Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

SPS Departmental Seminar Series

Abstract: We study the effect of transnational terrorism risk perception on immigration policy change for a sample of 30 OECD countries between 1981 and 2010. We argue that to avoid electoral defeat governments may implement more restrictive migration policies during times of high terrorism risk to signal political resolve to an electorate that dislikes the fear and economic instability that are associated with terrorism. We find that an increased perception of transnational terrorism risk leads to stricter migration controls but does not affect general migration policy. We show that this finding holds for different operationalization of terrorism risk and when endogeneity is accounted for. Furthermore, we provide some evidence that the nexus between terrorism risk perception and immigration policy changed after the end of the Cold War, potentially as transnational terrorism by Islamist groups (which tends to be more bloody and directed at civilian targets) became more prominent.

Paper by Marc Helbling (University of Bamberg and WZB Berlin Social Science Center) and Daniel Meierrieks (WZB Berlin Social Science Center)


Location:
Seminar Room 2, Badia Fiesolana

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Seminar series

Organiser:
Prof. Elias Dinas (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences)

Contact:
Jennifer Rose Dari (EUI - Department of Political and Social Sciences) - Send a mail

Discussant:
Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow (University of Bamberg) Helbling Marc
 
 

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