Responding to the Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Case of Latvia

By Vadims Murasovs, Valerijs Dombrovskis, Aleksejs Ruza and Vitalijs Rascevskis.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies

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The contemporary asylum crisis has caused strong reactions among Europeans and demanded immediate action from European policy-makers at all levels. Apparently, the crisis has challenged the foundations of national identities in European countries. One thousand Latvian residents evenly representing Latvia’s demography have taken part in this study. Five attitude measurement scales have been used in the current study, including modified Stephan’s realistic and symbolic threat questionnaires, prejudicial attitudes survey and intergroup anxiety questionnaire. Since nationalism is both an ideology and a form of behaviour, an integrated theoretical approach has been applied to integrate knowledge from social psychology and theories of nationalism, and to provide deeper analysis of the nature of the challenged national identities and of the attitudes towards refugees and European out-groups in general. The study has both theoretical and practical implications, which could potentially help local policy-makers making informed decisions and ensuring the sustainability and integrity of national identities in Latvia in a dynamic European context.

Keywords: Refugees, Attitudes, Latvia

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, Volume 11, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 694.345KB).

Vadims Murasovs

PhD Candidate in Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciecnes, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia

Dr. Valerijs Dombrovskis

Docent, Department of Pedagogy and Educational Psychology, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia

Dr. Aleksejs Ruza

Associate Professor, Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia

Dr. Vitalijs Rascevskis

Daugavpils University, Daugavpils, Latvia