Harry van Versendaal

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Rekindling family history can trigger empathy for refugees, study shows

Child refugees from Asia Minor wait for temporary accommodation outside Parliament in central Athens in the fall of 1922.

Descendants of refugees are more likely to back measures in support of incoming asylum-seekers if they are reminded of their forefathers’ experience, according to a new study which suggests that leveraging past experience can be an effective way of increasing empathy and reducing out-group discrimination.