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Santos, N; Sousa, L.; Vieira, C. (2020), "A chegada dos refugiados a Portugal em 2015 - Olhares nas redes sociais em media portugueses face à crise" ("The arrival of refugees in Portugal in 2015 - Contrasting glances in social networks of Portuguese media towards the crisis"), E-Revista de Estudos Interculturais do CEI–ISCAP, No. 8.

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Type of publication

Academic article

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution



Portugal, Nuno Santos, Lúcio Sousa and Cristina Vieira, Universidade Aberta de Lisboa.

Main Thematic Focus

Public perceptions & attitudes

Target Population


Key findings

This research aims to investigate the social representations made in the comments of a set of news about the arrival of refugees that were shared on Facebook by Portuguese media. The results of this research underline some hostility towards refugees, including those perceived as muslims, through discriminatory and stereotypical comments regarding their behaviour, tradition and culture.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Qualitative analysis of the content of comments made in five media sources regarding the arrival of refugees in Portugal.

Sample details and representativeness

A total of 138 comments were collected, which were numbered to safeguard the anonimity. The comments were from March 2016 and were collected from 10 November 2016 to 20 December 2016.

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