A near-real-time analysis of societal responses to Ukrainian refugee migration in Europe

Weisser, R. ORCID: 0000-0002-1717-5697, 2022. A near-real-time analysis of societal responses to Ukrainian refugee migration in Europe. International Migration. ISSN 0020-7985 (Forthcoming)

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Recent events in Ukraine led to a surge in refugee migration originating from within Europe not seen since WWII. Using global data on daily news coverage, this research highlights that during the eight weeks before the outbreak of open hostilities, there was no change in the relative interaction frequency between societal stakeholders and refugees. This changed dramatically in the eight weeks thereafter. In neighbouring countries, the share of news reporting interactions with refugees rose from next to nothing to between 5 and 13%. This share increased by 1 or 2% in the rest of Europe. Beyond governments, an event study reveals intergovernmental organisations, civil societies and businesses as major societal forces driving not just the public discourse but levels of support for refugees. Initially, business actors displayed the strongest responsiveness to individuals in need: They became 25 percentage points more likely to engage in material cooperation with refugees. Gradually fading support from non-government actors suggests that prolonged humanitarian crises may require a continuous near-real-time monitoring system and the coordination of various stakeholders’ contributions to ensure an efficient provision of aid.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Migration
Creators: Weisser, R.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 1 September 2022
ISSN: 0020-7985
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 11 Oct 2022 11:15
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2022 11:15
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/47240

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