Research Repository

Does immigration induce terrorism?

Bove, Vincenzo and Bohmelt, Tobias (2016) 'Does immigration induce terrorism?' The Journal of Politics, 78 (2). 572 - 588. ISSN 0022-3816

Bove Bohmelt JoP.pdf - Published Version

Download (788kB) | Preview


There is a heated debate on whether immigration is associated with domestic and transnational terrorism. As of yet, however, we lacked rigorous evidence that could inform this debate. As a contribution to address this shortcoming, we report spatial-econometric analyses of migrant inflows and the number of terrorist attacks in 145 countries between 1970 and 2000. The results suggest that migrants stemming from terrorist-prone states moving to another country are indeed an important vehicle through which terrorism does diffuse. Having said that, the findings also highlight that migrant inflows per se actually lead to a lower level of terrorist attacks. This research significantly improves our understanding of international and domestic terrorism and has critical implications for the scholastic approach to terrorism, as well as for countries' immigration policies worldwide.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: diffusion, immigration, migration inflows, spatial temporal autoregressive models, terrorism.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2016 14:44
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2020 11:15

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item