The impact of narratives in potential migrants’ decisions in Africa
Work Package 6
January 2022 – January 2023
Work Package 6 assesses the influence of different types of narratives on the attitudes and decisions of (potential) migrants in African countries of origin and transit. Its specific objective is to provide an in-depth understanding of the relevance and impact of EU-funded information campaigns targeting potential migrants in Gambia and Sudan. To do so, this WP:
- Establishes how different types of narratives influence (potential) migrants’ knowledge, attitudes, and decisions.
- Provides an in-depth understanding of the relevance and impact of EU-funded information campaigns targeting potential migrants in Africa.
- Assesses the nature and effects of these narratives on (potential) migrants’ decisions concerning what is said in these campaigns and in what context.
Under WP6, fieldwork is carried out in Gambia and Sudan, involving interviews and focus groups with potential migrant communities in cooperation with local partners and international organisations, such as UNHCR and IOM. This empirical research aims to: map the sources of information migrants rely on; analyse the contents and messages they relate to; identify the most relevant formats and messages for them; and understand how they evaluate different types of information.
As a result, three Working Papers are produced: two of them focusing on Gambia and Sudan and another assessing the role of different information environments from a comparative perspective. The conclusions on the impact of EU-funded campaigns targeting potential migrants in Africa are also put together in a Policy Brief aiming to advise policymakers in the design of these campaigns.