Massive Migration and Elections: Evidence from the Refugee Crisis in Greece. By C. VASILAKIS

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Massive Migration and Elections: Evidence from the Refugee Crisis in Greece. By C. VASILAKIS

Cite as: Vasilakis, C., 2017, "Massive Migration and Elections: Evidence from the Refugee Crisis in Greece". International Migration (IOM).

Abstract

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.

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