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Restricted emigration, system inescapability, and defense of the status quo: system-justifying consequences of restricted exit opportunities.

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Laurin, K; Shepherd, S; Kay, AC
Published in: Psychological science
August 2010

The freedom to emigrate at will from a geographic location is an internationally recognized human right. However, this right is systematically violated by restrictive migration policies. In three experiments, we explored the psychological consequences of violating the right to mobility. Our results suggest that, ironically, restricted freedom of movement can lead to increased system justification (i.e., increased support of the status quo). In Study 1, we found that participants who read that their country was difficult to leave became stronger defenders of their system's legitimacy than before, even in domains unrelated to emigration policy (e.g., gender relations). In Study 2, we demonstrated that this increased system defense was the result of a motivated process. In Study 3, we broadened the scope of this psychological phenomenon by conceptually replicating it using a different system (participants' university) and measure of system defense. The importance of these two findings-the first experimental demonstration of the psychological consequences of restrictive emigration policies and the introduction of a novel psychological phenomenon-is discussed.

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Psychological science

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1467-9280

ISSN

0956-7976

Publication Date

August 2010

Volume

21

Issue

8

Start / End Page

1075 / 1082

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Perception
  • Social Justice
  • Sex Factors
  • Public Policy
  • Population Dynamics
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Freedom
  • Female
  • Experimental Psychology
 

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Laurin, K., Shepherd, S., & Kay, A. C. (2010). Restricted emigration, system inescapability, and defense of the status quo: system-justifying consequences of restricted exit opportunities. Psychological Science, 21(8), 1075–1082. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797610375448
Laurin, Kristin, Steven Shepherd, and Aaron C. Kay. “Restricted emigration, system inescapability, and defense of the status quo: system-justifying consequences of restricted exit opportunities.Psychological Science 21, no. 8 (August 2010): 1075–82. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797610375448.
Laurin, Kristin, et al. “Restricted emigration, system inescapability, and defense of the status quo: system-justifying consequences of restricted exit opportunities.Psychological Science, vol. 21, no. 8, Aug. 2010, pp. 1075–82. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0956797610375448.
Journal cover image

Published In

Psychological science

DOI

EISSN

1467-9280

ISSN

0956-7976

Publication Date

August 2010

Volume

21

Issue

8

Start / End Page

1075 / 1082

Related Subject Headings

  • Social Perception
  • Social Justice
  • Sex Factors
  • Public Policy
  • Population Dynamics
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Freedom
  • Female
  • Experimental Psychology