Human rights violations and the gender gap in asylum recognition rates

Thomas Plümper*, Eric Neumayer

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During the recent European refugee crisis, more than two million people applied
for asylum in Germany. Female applicants stand a higher chance to gain
protection than male applicants. Whilst small on average, this gender gap in
asylum recognition rates varies strongly across countries of origin which has
remained little noticed. We analyse the gender gap in asylum recognition
rates for the 56 major countries of origin of refugees whose asylum claims are
decided on over the period 2012–2018. We show that both general or
gender-unspecific human rights abuses and gender-specific human rights
violations are associated with cross-country variation in the gender gap in
recognition rates – but in opposite ways. Specifically, we find that the gender
gap is lower for refugees coming from countries with worse general human
rights abuses in the form of political terror perpetrated by state agents but is
higher for refugees from countries with a higher prevalence of female genital
mutilation and a higher prevalence of child marriage.
Seiten (von - bis)1807-1826
FachzeitschriftJournal of European Public Policy
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2021

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