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Ethnic inequality and forced displacement

Ethnic inequality and forced displacement

Hennicke, Moritz ORCID: 0000-0001-6811-1821 and Brück, Tilman ORCID: 0000-0002-8344-8948 (2022) Ethnic inequality and forced displacement. PLoS ONE, 17 (4):e0266448. pp. 1-21. ISSN 1932-6203 (Online) (doi:

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How does ethnic inequality shape victimization in violent conflicts? Our case study of the 2010 conflict in Kyrgyzstan tests whether communities with higher ethnic inequalities in education experienced more intense displacement. We find that local inequality in education between Kyrgyzstan’s ethnic majority and its largest minority robustly predicts patterns of forced displacement, controlling for alternative approaches like ethnic spatial segregation or polarization. By decomposing inequality, we observe that local educational advantage towards the other ethnic group is associated with a lower likelihood of displacement. Ethnic Uzbeks with low education levels relative to Kyrgyz in their area have the highest displacement rate.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: inequality; conflict; displacement; education; Kyrgyzstan; Central Asia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
L Education > L Education (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Livelihoods & Institutions Department
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 11:31

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