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The Impact of Religion and National Origin on Attitudes towards Refugee Rights: An International Comparative Empirical Study

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Faculty for Human Sciences und Theology, TU Dortmund University, Emil-Figge-Str. 50, D-44227 Dortmund, Germany
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Institute for Practical Theology-Religious Education University of Würzburg, Bibrastr., 14-97070 Wuerzburg, Germany
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Religions 2020, 11(6), 303; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060303
Received: 8 May 2020 / Revised: 5 June 2020 / Accepted: 16 June 2020 / Published: 22 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Human Rights: Complementary or Contrary?)
This paper is concerned with the rights of refugees. The refugee issue has been an acutely charged item on the political agenda for several years. Although the great waves of influx have flattened out, people are continually venturing into Europe. Europe’s handling of refugees has been subject to strong criticism, and the accusation that various actions contradict internationally agreed law is particularly serious. It remains a question of how to respond appropriately to the influx of people fearing for their lives. This paper examines empirically how young people from different denominations in Germany (n = 2022) and how Roman Catholics from 10 countries (n = 5363) evaluate refugee rights. It also investigates whether individual religiosity moderates the influence of denomination or national context. The results show that there are no significant differences between respondents from different denominations, but there are significant differences between respondents from different countries. However, religiosity was not found to moderate the influence of denomination or national context. These findings suggest that attitudes towards refugee rights depend more on the national context in which people live rather than on their religious affiliation or individual religiosity. View Full-Text
Keywords: refugees; human rights; religion; comparative empirical research; youth refugees; human rights; religion; comparative empirical research; youth
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Unser, A.; Ziebertz, H.-G. The Impact of Religion and National Origin on Attitudes towards Refugee Rights: An International Comparative Empirical Study. Religions 2020, 11, 303. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060303

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Unser A, Ziebertz H-G. The Impact of Religion and National Origin on Attitudes towards Refugee Rights: An International Comparative Empirical Study. Religions. 2020; 11(6):303. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060303

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Unser, Alexander, and Hans-Georg Ziebertz. 2020. "The Impact of Religion and National Origin on Attitudes towards Refugee Rights: An International Comparative Empirical Study" Religions 11, no. 6: 303. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11060303

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