REFUGEES AS A SECURITY THREAT: CASE OF LITHUANIA

Vilmantė Kumpikaitė-Valiūnienė, Eugene T. Agoh, Ineta Žičkutė

Abstract


Refugee crises rose different debates and divided society in the European Union. Security is one of the main issue, connected with refugees in Europe. This paper presents results of quantitative study toward refugees among Lithuanian citizens in 2015. 535 respondents participated in this study. Stability of a country, crimes, social conflicts and terrorism were highlighted as the main possible security threats. Results revealed quite negative attitude toward refugees by Lithuanian citizens. It was highlighted that refugees could have negative impact of the EU unity, could increase terrorism and crimes. Statistical differences according to gender and age were highlighted. Moreover, respondents opinion about refugees became worse after terror act in Paris in 2015.


Keywords


efugees; refugee crises; threats; security threats; terrorism; Lithuania; European Union

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