The Covid-19 Multilingualism and Migration research project seeks to identify how refugees and migrants share information about Covid-19 across their networks and stay in touch during the worldwide lock downs. We also seek to identify the languages used by refugees and their families to share information about the virus. By using online technology, our research seeks to understand how people draw on their existing linguistic resources, and are learning to use new resources, to understand the information they share on social media. We are using the Internet to carry out our fieldwork and this website is where our community researchers upload their data. Equipping refugees and migrants with the skills to conduct research within their own community networks is a core aim of the project. Our second aim is the generation of a database where refugees and migrants, and those who work with and for them, can understand information about COVID-19.
The Project has brought together the following partners to work together for the piloting of participatory research methodologies for refugees, to equip them to conduct refugee-related research;
- Council for At-risk Academics (CARA)
- Mosaik (Jordan)
- Reading Refugee Support Group [RRSG] (UK), and
- Simon Bolivar University (Venezuela)