Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-08-18 09:27:15


Political Science

Honors Course

POLIT 497-002

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


What factors account for the variation in refugee acceptance? My review of existing literature and subsequent research paper will seek to further develop the understanding of this phenomenon by identifying and investigating factors that account for the differences in rates of migration flow among democratic states. The literature review will discuss the current body of research surrounding the topic, and the research itself will attempt to further the understanding of the impact of the given variables by using currently available data of international trends in migration, as well as a number of specific case studies. First, the paper will outline a number of variables expected to have an impact on migration flow and hypothesize the impact of each factor. Then the paper will compare differences in these factors among similarly industrialized countries and the corresponding differences in acceptance, attempting to answer the question “What factors influence migration flow into a country, and in what ways do these factors influence migration flow?”. A few case studies will be included to look more closely at the impact of specific policies and country specific factors that were not included in the quantitative analysis.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Ronald Gelleny

First Reader

Dr. Phillip Marcin

Second Reader

Dr. David Cohen

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Ronald Gelleny

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