The Wall of Nationalism
Can the veil of ignorance help in developing refugee policies?
Using a survey, this paper tries to determine whether decision making for one’s own country, another country, or behind a veil of ignorance could improve the refugee policies in Europe, where a new form of nationalism rises. In addition, the effect of choosing behind a veil of ignorance on the general risk aversion and the influence of risk aversion on the number of refugees chosen to be hosted are obtained. Firstly, this study finds no significant effect that choosing for another country leads to more refugees hosted than when choosing for one’s own country or behind a veil of ignorance. Additionally, no significant effects are found that nationalism has an effect on the number of refugees chosen. Lastly, no evidence was found that the risk attitude influences the amount of refugees that is chosen to be hosted. Mainly, the results of this study imply that the European refugee policies cannot be improved with decision making for another country or behind a veil of ignorance or explained by looking at the risk aversion of the deciders.