Ugandan and British individuals' views of refugees in their countries: An exploratory mixed‐methods comparison

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Übergünne‐Otte, Lena 
Heimlich, Steven 
Kalyegira, Juma 
Echterhoff, Gerald 

jats:titleAbstract</jats:title>jats:pUsing an exploratory mixed‐methods approach, we examined thoughts concerning refugees reported by participants from a non‐Western country, Uganda, and the United Kingdom (total jats:italicN</jats:italic> = 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 jats:italicbefore</jats:italic> their migration and the jats:italicforced</jats:italic> nature of refugees' migration. However, we also found that more British than Ugandan participants referred to perils refugees suffer jats:italicduring</jats:italic> their journeys, possibly resulting from differences in refugees' migration routes (e.g., crossing other countries, travelling 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.</jats:p>

5205 Social and Personality Psychology, 52 Psychology
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Journal of Community &amp; Applied Social Psychology
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