Presentation on "The role of EU-funded information campaigns and narratives on the decision-making of potential migrants in the Gambia" (BRIDGES project) by Omar Cham and Florian Trauner
Omar Cham and Florian Trauner will present the latest findings from the BRIDGES project. The overall objective of the BRIDGES project funded by the EU’s H2020 programme is to understand the causes and consequences of migration narratives in a context of increasing politicisation and polarisation. This presentation investigates the issue of migration narratives in a country of migrants’ origin, namely the Gambia in West Africa. The study is based on focus groups and in-depth interviews with 60 Gambian respondents. In concrete terms, the project investigated, first, as to what is the dominant - the Master - narrative on migration and Europe in the Gambia. It then analysed how the Gambian participants react and perceive the particular narratives put forward in EU-funded information campaigns. The presentation reflects upon how the locally dominant and EU-promoted narratives interact and influence the decision-making processes of potential migrants in the Gambia.
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