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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)

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Abstract

When faced with political violence, why do some people choose to leave their homes while others stay? This article looks for motivations, particularly socioeconomic factors, 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 to flee. However, the results are inconclusive in terms of the effect of socioeconomic circumstances as a major push or pull factor. Patriotism does not have an impact on migration 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 general far 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: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: D. Ozaltin
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2019 17:39 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2019 09:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73348 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ozaltin, Duygu: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1465-8132
Loizides, Neophytos G.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0327-4643
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