Should I stay or should I go? The decision to flee or stay home during civil war

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The literature on forced migration reveals a linkage between conflict-related violence and displacement. However, it often neglects the potential that variable forms of violence have differential impacts on the decision to flee violence. Moreover, there is a mobility bias in the empirical literature, whereby analyses often focus upon individuals that leave their homes, neglecting to assess factors influencing decisions to remain at home during conflict. To address these dynamics, we focus upon Lebanon, which experienced a civil war between 1975 and 1990. We leverage a survey of 2,400 Lebanese residents who lived through the civil war. Our analyses suggest different forms of violence play distinct roles in the decisions taken by individuals who remained at home, those that fled internally, and those that fled abroad as refugees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-236
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Interactions
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • Forced displacement
  • Lebanon
  • Syria
  • refugees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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