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This talk will explore whether foreign policy concerns spill over into the realm of immigration policy and influence natives' attitudes toward immigrants via the channel/mechanism of identity.  Using survey data from Cyprus - a small island in the Eastern Mediterranean that is the site of an enduring rivalry between Greece and Turkey - Sambanis will discuss research on whether the legacy of ethnic war and displacement since the territorial partition of the island in 1974 shapes Greek Cypriots' attitudes toward immigrants and refugees today.  Sambanis and colleagues experimentally manipulated perceptions that Turkey controls the flow of refugees into Cyprus and tested whether those perceptions influenced Greek Cypriots' attitudes toward refugees. They analyzed the legacy of the war of 1974 by comparing the effects of exposure to violence vs. displacement with reference to how these experiences shape Greek Cypriots' and their descendants' attitudes toward refugees today. Findings will be discussed.     

 

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