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Informing Better Migration and Refugee Policy-making in the Presence of Rumours and Unsubstantiated Claims

Informing Better Migration and Refugee Policy-making in the Presence of Rumours and Unsubstantiated Claims

Life Sciences Hub, Cardiff Bay

1st December 2016

Improving the economic, social and cultural integration of migrants and refugees is a key challenge in particular for Turkey, as it has received over 2.7 million refugees from Syria in just the last few years and this trend appears to be set to continue for the foreseeable future. Even though in general the Turkish and Syrian peoples share large parts of their cultural heritage and background, the way refugees are perceived in Turkey has perceptibly changed of late. Rumours and unsubstantiated claims against refugees can be observed through the mainstream media and social media, and the latter has become a key emerging medium for propaganda messaging.

This ongoing migration crisis will affect Turkey for the near and medium future and potentially transform the country permanently. In this project we seek to address the issues of managing community cohesion and tension in cities and regions within Turkey with respect to the current peak of migrants and refugees in the country by building on research in decision-support software tools specifically intended to mitigate the effects of rumours and unsupported claims in producing briefings for migration policy makers.

To this aim, we will leverage expertise at Cardiff University in the context of developing novel data-driven analytic techniques for understanding community cohesion and tension in the presence of disruptive events, and the effects of propaganda. Working in collaboration with computational and social scientists in Turkey, our goal is to support policy makers for migration and refugee affairs by rapidly providing evidence-based reports using state-of-the-art decision-support techniques developed by members of Cardiff's School of Computer Science and Informatics and Crime & Security URI.

Participation in the event is by invitation only but if you would like any further information please click here to contact us.