Quotation Plümper, Thomas, Neumayer, Eric. 2021. Human Right Violations and the Gender Gap in Asylum Recognition Rates, Journal of European Public Policy. 28 (11), 1807-1826.




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.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Journal of European Public Policy
Citation Index SSCI
WU-Journal-Rating new MAN-A, VW-D, WH-B
Language English
Title Human Right Violations and the Gender Gap in Asylum Recognition Rates,
Volume 28
Number 11
Year 2021
Page from 1807
Page to 1826
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13501763.2020.1787488
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13501763.2020.1787488
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/13501763.2020.1787488?needAccess=true


Plümper, Thomas (Details)
Neumayer, Eric (London School of Economics, United Kingdom)
Institute for Sociology and Social Research IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5118 Political science (Details)
5325 Political economics (Details)
5912 Social sciences (interdisciplinary) (Details)
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