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Refugees to the Rescue: Motivating Pro-Refugee Public Engagement during the COVID-19 Pandemic

January 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Refugees to the Rescue: Motivating Pro-Refugee Public Engagement during the COVID-19 Pandemic
STS Lunch Seminar with Adeline Lo, PhD
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Migrants are often scapegoated during public health crises. Can such crises cre- ate opportunities for migrant inclusion instead? As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, many refugee organizations have stepped up their outreach with stories of refugees helping out in the crisis. We have partnered with the country’s leading refugee ad- vocate organizations to test whether solidarity narratives increase public engagement with refugee advocates. We combine a Facebook experimental design with an original survey measuring inclusionary attitudes and behavior toward refugees to evaluate the effectiveness of refugee narratives. We test whether (1) migrant narratives framed in the context of COVID-19, (2) COVID-19 migrant narratives targeted to more or less local communities, and (3) COVID-19 migrant narratives labeled as refugee vs. immigrant efforts, enhance public engagement with the outreach efforts of refugee organizations. Our results indicate that migrant narratives framed in the context of COVID-19 do not motivate greater engagement than those that do not. Our results provide only suggestive evidence that locally-targeted efforts motivate greater engagement. How- ever, our results indicate that, in the context COVID-19, a refugee narrative on one hand, and an immigrant narrative on the other, motivates greater engagement than a narrative that mentions neither immigrant nor refugee. Our results help us understand which narratives shape public engagement with efforts to support vulnerable minorities during a public health crisis.

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Date:
January 28
Time:
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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Website:
https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/94978671234?pwd=L0k5ZnQ0T3o4TS9OakhrTEFKU0pKUT09