“You requirehave to puncture your raft prior to you get here, or they’ll send you back.” “If you usemake an application for the relocation program, they send you to Venezuela.” “In Europe you will not need cash, everything is totally free.”

These are just 3 of the many confusing rumours that migrants and refugees may hear. Some of them are downright harmful, like the one about the raft. Others cause individuals to make the wrong choices or take dangers.

In response, the Mediterranean Rumour Tracker project has been introduced to better inform migrants of the truths. Fieldworkers who speak Arabic or Farsi engage with people in the Greek camps, gather the rumours that are flowing, and after that validate or eliminate them. This details is published on a dedicated website and corresponding Facebook pages in English, Arabic, Farsi and Greek.

“With our Facebook pages, we reach about 350,000 individuals,” says Stijn Aelbers of InterNews, the organisation that has actually set up the rumour tracker in cooperation with 2 other NGOs: Translators without Borders and ActionAid. “However we believe in person contact is simply as crucial. Individuals want to talk with a real person, they desirewish to have the ability to ask questions.”

Often we have the ability to avoid people from falling in the trap Nayief Salameh Migrants and refugees are constantly on the relocation; this indicates conventional media typically don’t reach them. So they get their info from hearsay, from stories that circulate amongst their group. Aelbers states: “As numerous of these stories are unfounded or only half real, they run the threat [of taking the] essential next actions on the basis of false details.”Some rumours emerge simply since people misinterpret information they get. “The rumour about Venezuela, which as a South American country can not become part of the EU-relocation program, most likely originates from a Greek ferry boat called Venizelos,” he includes.



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