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Attitudes towards Migrants during Crisis Times

Marisol Rodriguez Chatruc and Sandra Rozo

No 11326, IDB Publications (Working Papers) from Inter-American Development Bank

Abstract: How are natives attitudes towards migrants shaped by economic crises? Natives could show more compassion towards migrants as everyone faces a common threat. Alternatively, natives prejudice could rise as competition for scarce economic opportunities increases. We conduct an online survey to 3,400 Colombian citizens and randomly prime half of them to think about the economic consequences of COVID-19, before eliciting their altruism and attitudes towards Venezuelan migrants. We find that natives attitudes towards migrants are substantially more negative in the treatment relative to the control group. Individuals ages 18 to 25 years, however, respond to the treatment by showing more altruism.

Keywords: Migration; COVID-19; Priming; Altruism; COVID-19; COVID-19; COVID-19; COVID-19; attitudes (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 F20 O15 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-06
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