Countries that are more compassionate towards refugees have lower levels of violence – new research

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This article popularises a scholarly article by the author and Leah Nicholson in the Journal of Refugee Studies (Refugee Crisis, Valuation of Life, and Violent Crime, 34(2), pp.1747–1765). The article highlights evidence that showed that countries in Europe and North America that treat refugees with compassion and accept them in greater numbers are likely to have lower murder rates. Put simply, compassion towards refugees is not linked to greater risk of violent crime.


  • Refugees
  • Homicides
  • Valuation of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations

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