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The Geography of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Europe

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Recent waves of immigration flows and asylum seekers are posing serious social and political problems in European countries. Between 2009 and 2015, it has been estimated a total of 3–3.5 millions of asylum applications to national governments. This chapter discusses the geography of asylum seekers in the European Union and proposes some descriptive statistics concerning the behavioral reaction of residents. In particular, it is shown a strong correlation between the size of the population of asylum seekers and the fear of terrorism and crime, whereas no economic concern was found. This evidence is interpreted as need to provide also correct information to residents when implementing immigration policies.

Paola Proietti provided assistance in collecting some of the data used in the paper. Percoco gratefully acknowledges financial support from FIRB-MIUR.

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Percoco, M., Fratesi, U. (2018). The Geography of Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Europe. In: Biagi, B., Faggian, A., Rajbhandari, I., Venhorst, V. (eds) New Frontiers in Interregional Migration Research. Advances in Spatial Science. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-75886-2_6

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