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Threat caused by the establish-ment of accommodations for asylum seekers and refugees : fact, or fiction? : a cross-sectional study into the impact of the process of establishment of ac-commodations for asylum seekers and refugees on the perception of threat by the local population

Arends, Claudia (2016) Threat caused by the establish-ment of accommodations for asylum seekers and refugees : fact, or fiction? : a cross-sectional study into the impact of the process of establishment of ac-commodations for asylum seekers and refugees on the perception of threat by the local population.

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Abstract:The aim of the research is to answer the research question: “To what extent is the host country popula-tion's threat perception of asylum seekers and refugees influenced by the process of establishment of accommodations for asylum seekers and refugees in the Netherlands according to stakeholders?”. The hypothesis which has been formulated in response to this research question is: “if the process of the es-tablishment of an accommodation incorporates public participation in the decision-making processes to a higher extent, it is expected that the local population experiences a lower extent of realistic threats, symbolic threats, negative stereotypes and intergroup anxiety towards the asylum seekers and refugees inhabiting the nearby accommodations”. A cross-sectional research design has been employed, as part of which interviews were conducted. In response to the hypothesis, it can be concluded that the local popu-lation perceives symbolic threats to a higher extent than they perceive realistic threats, negative stereo-types and intergroup anxiety. In addition, the public has not been involved in the decision on whether an accommodation would be established or not. Therefore this indicates that it is not confirmed that the local population has a lower perception of threat when they are more involved in the decision-making process.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:European Public Administration BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70485
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