Volunteering to Support Refugees: A Question of One’s Scope of Justice

Authors

  • Elisabeth Kals Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
  • Isabel Theresia Strubel Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7202/1043064ar

Abstract

Who volunteers on behalf of refugees, on the basis of what motives? Questionnaire data (N = 271) reveal that people who volunteer, and those who do not, share differentiated perceptions of fairness about refugee aid. However, volunteers have a broader and more inclusive scope of justice than a matched group of non-volunteers. The scope of justice proves to be a powerful construct when explaining the willingness to volunteer beyond group membership (volunteers vs. non-volunteers) and the functional approach. Perceptions of fairness, especially the scope of justice, should therefore be considered in order to understand differences in reactions towards refugees if moral exclusion is to be avoided.

Author Biographies

Elisabeth Kals, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Elisabeth Kals is professor of social and organizational psychology at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany, and associate member of the Centre of Flight and Migration at Eichstätt University. The author may be contacted at elisabeth.kals@ku.de.

Isabel Theresia Strubel, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Isabel Theresia Strubel is a doctoral candidate in social and organizational psychology at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany. The author may be contacted at isabel.strubel@gmail.com.

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Published

2017-11-03

How to Cite

Kals, E., & Strubel, I. T. (2017). Volunteering to Support Refugees: A Question of One’s Scope of Justice. Refuge: Canada’s Journal on Refugees, 33(2), 66–77. https://doi.org/10.7202/1043064ar