Non-Profit Communication and Forced Migration

While the world is currently facing one of the worst so-called 'refugee crises' of modern times, many countries have implemented restrictive refugee policies. Hence, public communication has become essential for refugee organizations' operations. As (international) refugee organizations significantly contribute to the public perception on refugees, CEPEC critically investigates their public communication strategies towards the recent Syrian and Central African crises. We pay particular attention to (1) the production process of this form of communication, (2) the practices of representing refugees, and (3) the reception of this communication by citizens, refugees and journalists. Apart from its topical nature and relevance for a better understanding of the political, economic and cultural dimensions involved in these organizations' public communication, this research provides a significant empirical contribution to key debates in the fields of non-profit and international communication.


This topic is part of the doctoral research of David Ongenaert under the supervision and guidance of Stijn Joye.