Date of Award

Spring 5-2015

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis


Anthropology and Sociology

First Advisor

Julie Reid

Advisor Department

Anthropology and Sociology


According the estimates by the United Nations, there are nearly fifty-million refugees in the world. Because attitudes toward refugees could influence government refugee policies, it is important to study the attitudes people have toward refugees entering the United States. To learn more about attitudes toward refugees in the United States, a survey was conducted of over two college students, asking how they defined refugees and who should be allowed into the United States as refugees. Survey respondents from all demographic groups were surprisingly accepting of all types of refugees. However, some refugee variables, such as gender and situation, and respondent variables, such as political orientation, were related to different attitudes toward refugees. Because people’s attitudes toward refugees could affect whether a country will give refugees asylum, researchers should study people’s attitudes toward refugees and the variables that influence people’s attitudes on refugees.