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Why Do People Flee? Revisiting Forced Migration in Post-Saddam Baghdad

Ozaltin, Duygu, Loizides, Neophytos G., Shakir, Farah (2019) Why Do People Flee? Revisiting Forced Migration in Post-Saddam Baghdad. Journal of International Migration and Integration, . ISSN 1488-3473. E-ISSN 1874-6365. (doi:10.1007/s12134-019-00674-z) (KAR id:73348)

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When faced with political violence, why do some people choose to leave their homeswhile others stay? This article looks for motivations, particularly socioeconomicfactors, behind decisions to stay or go. Drawing on new survey data from post-Saddam Baghdad, it confirms the general axiom that violent conflicts cause people toflee. However, the results are inconclusive in terms of the effect of socioeconomiccircumstances as a major push or pull factor. Patriotism does not have an impact onmigration intentions, and optimism about Iraq’s future does not suffice as a pull factor.Interestingly, people who intend to flee Iraq are better educated, contrary to the generalfar right media portrayal of refugees.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s12134-019-00674-z
Uncontrolled keywords: Refugees Forced migration intentions Internally displaced Forced displacement
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Funders: British Academy (
Depositing User: Duygu Ozaltin
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2019 17:39 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2022 10:41 UTC
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