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Changing Public Perceptions of Refugees and Migrants: the Role of Politicians, the Media and Civil Society

27 February 2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Chatham House, London



In light of the rising numbers of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers globally, how do the public perceive these groups? Are opinions becoming more negative and if so, why? What role does the media, social media - and ‘fake news’ - as well as political leaders play in this process? Does the media and politicians follow or lead public opinion? And are there examples of good and bad practice in influencing public opinion on refugees and migrants?

This roundtable will bring together a diverse and international group of experts from the media, international organizations, civil society, research institutes and the private sector.   

The event is co-hosted with the Overseas Development Institute as part of our joint Forum on Refugee and Refugee Policy initiative.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

More information

Read a summary of this meeting (published by ODI) 

Read a paper (published by ODI) as part of the Forum's initiative on understanding public attitudes towards refugees and migrants

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.