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REFUGEES IN THE UK MUCH MORE LIKELY TO SEE THEMSELVES AS BRITISH THAN ECONOMIC MIGRANTS

  • Published Date: 21 March 2016

 The further a country’s development falls behind the richest countries, the more likely it is to see protests and even revolutions. That is the central finding of research by Christa Brunnschweiler and Päivi Lujala, to be presented at the Royal Economic Society's annual conference in Brighton in March 2016.

Their study finds that less developed countries are more likely to have experienced both violent and non-violent calls for regime change and secession. What’s more, this relationship has become stronger over the last few decades. As the gap between the richest and poorest countries widens, people see even better lifestyles than their own and call for changes. The spread of the internet and social media also means that it is easier than ever to aspire to a better status, whereas beforehand people were reliant on migrants, school or TV to tell them how other people lived.

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