Massive Migration and Elections: Evidence from the Refugee Crisis in Greece

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This article explores whether the massive arrival of refugees at Greek islands has had an impact on natives’ voting behaviour. Our results show a positive and significant effect of refugees’ presence on votes for the Greek extreme-right party Golden Dawn. More precisely, we find that a 1 per cent increase in the share of refugees is associated with an increase of 5 per cent in the share of votes for Golden Dawn. This outcome is robust under different estimation methodologies and placebo regressions
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Migration
Issue number3
Early online date21 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

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