Ugandan and British Individuals’ Views of Refugees in their Countries: An Exploratory Mixed-Methods Comparison

J. H. Hellmann, Lena Übergünne-Otte, Steven Heimlich, Juma Kalyegira, Gerald Echterhoff, Amina Memon, Julia Knausenberger, Pascal Schlechter

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Using an exploratory mixed-methods approach, we examined thoughts concerning refugees reported by participants from a non-Western country, Uganda, and the UK (total N= 113). We explored whether, due to various sociocultural, political, and geographic differences, critical features of refugee migration (e.g., migration forcedness and migration-related perils) would be viewed differently by Ugandan and UK participants. An inductive qualitative content analysis of responses in an online survey yielded 11 categories with 40 subcategories revealing several similarities between Ugandan and UK participants. For instance, similar proportions of participants from both countries acknowledged refugees’ suffering before their migration and the forced nature of refugees’ migration. However, we also found that more British than Ugandan participants referred to perils refugees suffer during their journeys, possibly resulting from differences in refugees’ migration routes (e.g., crossing other countries, traveling by dilapidated boats, migration duration). Furthermore, Ugandan but not British participants took pride in international praise their country received for its forthcoming treatment of refugees. There were no differences regarding the extent to which Ugandan and British individuals exhibited prejudice towards refugees or experienced threats from refugees. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of our findings for refugee integration.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
Early online date6 Jul 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Jul 2021

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