Prejudice-relevant correlates of attitudes towards refugees: A meta-analysis

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Cowling, Misha Mei, Anderson, Joel R. and Ferguson, Rose. (2019) Prejudice-relevant correlates of attitudes towards refugees: A meta-analysis. Journal of Refugee Studies. 32(3), pp. 502 - 524. https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/fey062
AuthorsCowling, Misha Mei, Anderson, Joel R. and Ferguson, Rose
Abstract

This article meta-analyses the available data on attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers, with the aim of estimating effect sizes for the relationships between these attitudes and prejudice-relevant correlates. Seventy studies (Ntotal = 13,720) were located using systematic database searches and calls for unpublished data. In the case of demographic factors, being male, religious, nationally identified, politically conservative, and less educated were associated with negative attitudes (Fisher’s zs = 0.11, 0.17, 0.18, 0.21, and –0.16, respectively). For ideological factors, increases in right-wing authoritarianism and social-dominance orientations correlated with negative attitudes, while the endorsement of macro (but not micro) justice principles were associated with positive attitudes (Fisher’s zs = 0.50, 0.50, –0.29, and 0.00, respectively). Perceptions of refugees as symbolic and realistic threats were the strongest correlates of negative attitudes (Fisher’s zs = 0.98 and 1.11, respectively). These findings have contributed to the growing body of knowledge that endeavors to understand the antecedents of refugee-specific prejudice, and are discussed in light of the global refugee crisis.

Keywordsrefugee; asylum seeker; diaspora; prejudice; attitudes; meta-analysis
Year2019
JournalJournal of Refugee Studies
Journal citation32 (3), pp. 502 - 524
PublisherOxford University Press
ISSN1471-6925
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/fey062
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85076400751
Page range502 - 524
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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