Do We Understand Refugees?

While there is a large amount of academic research on why people may have negative attitudes towards migrants, we still have little information on are the main issues faced by stakeholders such as charities providing support to immigrants and refugees.

In June 2022 we organised focus groups and interviews with various charities and produced two story boards illustrating two important points. First, the “them versus us” rhetoric is flawed since people who are apparently different, often have various things in common (Nothing in Common?). Second, the common narrative that tax payers’ money is wasted hosting refugees in expensive hotels misses the point that this is a temporary solution that refugees would like to escape as soon as possible (Missed Opportunity?).