Deservingness Perceptions Toward Refugees: A Gender Perspective

Anselm Fliethmann*, Verena Seibel, Daniel Degen

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Refugee men are found to be less deserving of government support than refugee women. However, is this still the case if they engage in economic reciprocal behavior and attitudes? Following theories on gender stereotypes and benevolent sexism, we argue that economic activity is expected less of female than of male refugees and that this translates into gendered perceptions of deservingness of financial support. Analyzing data from a 2016 factorial survey experiment in Germany, we show that male refugees are more likely to get “punished” if unwilling to work. Future studies should thus include gender-related aspects when assessing deservingness perceptions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies
Early online date24 May 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 May 2024


  • benevolent sexism
  • Deservingness
  • factorial survey experiment
  • gender
  • refugees
  • stereotype


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