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The Unseen—An Investigative Analysis of Thematic and Spatial Coverage of News on the Ongoing Refugee Crisis in West Africa

Senaratne, Hansi and Mühlbauer, Martin and Kiefl, Ralph and Cárdenas, Andrea and Prathapan, Lallu and Riedlinger, Torsten and Biewer, Carolin and Taubenböck, Hannes (2023) The Unseen—An Investigative Analysis of Thematic and Spatial Coverage of News on the Ongoing Refugee Crisis in West Africa. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 12 (4), pp. 1-26. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/ijgi12040175. ISSN 2220-9964.

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Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2220-9964/12/4/175


The fastest growing regional crisis is happening in West Africa today, with over 8 million people considered persons of concern. A culmination of identity politics, climate-driven disasters, and extreme poverty has led to this humanitarian crisis in the region and is exacerbated by a lack of political will and misplaced media attention. The current state of the art does not present sufficient investigations of the thematic and spatial coverage of news media of this crisis in this region. This paper studies the spatial coverage of this crisis as reported in the media, and the themes associated with those locations, based on a curated dataset. For the time frame 12 March to 15 September 2021, 2017 news articles related to the refugee crisis in West Africa were examined and manually coded based on (1) the geographical locations mentioned in each article; (2) the themes found in the articles in reference to a location (e.g., Relocation of people in Abuja). The dataset introduces a thematic dimension, as never achieved before, to the conflict-ridden areas in West Africa. A comparative analysis with UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) data showed that 96.8% of refugee-related locations in West Africa were not covered by news during the considered time frame. Contrastingly, 80.4% of locations mentioned in the news do not appear in the UNHCR repository. Most news articles published during this time frame reported on Development aid or Political statements. Linear multiple regression analysis showed GDP per capita and political stability to be among the most influential determinants of news coverage.

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Document Type:Article
Title:The Unseen—An Investigative Analysis of Thematic and Spatial Coverage of News on the Ongoing Refugee Crisis in West Africa
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Senaratne, HansiUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8444-2196137134155
Mühlbauer, MartinUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3849-1143UNSPECIFIED
Kiefl, RalphUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-7622-5458UNSPECIFIED
Taubenböck, HannesUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-4360-9126UNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2023
Journal or Publication Title:ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1-26
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:West African refugee crisis; news media reporting; spatio thematic coverage
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Remote Sensing and Geo Research
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Geo Risks and Civil Security
Deposited By: Senaratne, Hansi
Deposited On:19 Jun 2023 10:03
Last Modified:27 Jun 2023 14:07

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