A CROSS TO BEAR: THE ROLE OF RELIGION IN SHAPING ATTITUDES TOWARDS REFUGEE IMMIGRATION IN EUROPE, Srishti Ghosh, UG '23 (3967977)
The Russia-Ukraine crisis has spurred a new wave of refugee immigration to neighbouring European countries including Poland, Germany, and Georgia. This story is, of course, not a new one – millions of people are fleeing their homeland in search of some reprieve from the horrors of war. Only this time, in a remarkably unified humanitarian response, the bordering countries in Europe have welcomed Ukrainian refugees in with open arms, providing them with food, medical attention, housing, and safe shelter. This reaction stands in stark contrast to the attitudes displayed by the same countries towards refugees crossing the borders from war-stricken Syria in 2015, who were, at the end of the day, in search of the same things — safety, food, and a roof above their heads. The question is why. I explore about how the religious identities of European citizens shape their public opinion about immigration.