Migrants’ sources of information

This insight provides key findings from the PERCEPTIONS fieldwork concerning the sources and channels of information through which narratives and perceptions about Europe are transmitted to migrants.1 Sources are the actors (people, organizations, governments, etc.) where the information comes from while channels of information are the means through which the information is passed, conveyed, communicated.

The analysis of the interviews conducted within WP3 lead to the identification of two types of sources: formal sources and informal sources. Interviewees (First-line practitioners, migrants, policy-makers, nongovernmental organisations, etc.) helped us to understand to what extent migrants rely on these sources and channels of information to form their narratives about Europe. This Insight thus describes the sources and channels of information mentioned during the PERCEPTIONS fieldwork. Ultimately, it addresses the key question: what are the most commonly used sources and channels of information about Europe among migrants both before and after arrival?

1The PERCEPTIONS project used the term ‘migrant’ referring to a broad category of people who migrated to Europe or want to do so, including asylum seekers, recognized refugees, family re-unifiers and others.


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