Conflict intensity in the region of birth increases religiosity among refugees
Frank van Tubergen1,2,,
Yuliya Kosyakova and
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Frank van Tubergen1,2,: Utrecht University,
Agnieszka Kanas: University of Bamberg
No 2222, CReAM Discussion Paper Series from Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London
Do violent conflicts increase religiosity? This study draws on evidence from a large-scale survey on refugees in Germany linked with data on time-varying conflict intensity in refugeesâ€™ birth regions prior to the survey interview. The results show that the greater the number of conflict-induced fatalities in the period before the interview, the more often refugees pray. The relationship between conflict and praying holds equally across demographic subgroups. Evidence suggests that both short- and long-term cumulative fatalities in refugeesâ€™ birth regions affect how often they pray. Additionally, the link between conflict and praying is stronger for refugees who have family and relatives still living in their country of origin. Finally, we show that the conflicts that matter are those occurring within the refugeesâ€™ specific region of birth rather than in other regions in the country. Implications for existential insecurity theory and cultural evolutionary theory are discussed.
Keywords: Religiosity; existential insecurity; refugees; praying; war (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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