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Are Refugees (Really) a Hard-to-Survey Group? : Fieldwork Experience with Syrian Refugees in Germany

Title data

Aljadeeah, Saleh:
Are Refugees (Really) a Hard-to-Survey Group? : Fieldwork Experience with Syrian Refugees in Germany.
In: Journal of Refugee Studies. (11 May 2022) .
ISSN 1471-6925
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jrs/feac025

Project information

Project financing: Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung

Abstract in another language

Despite the increasing need for representative data on refugee health, refugees are underrepresented in health research in Germany and other European countries. Researchers often describe refugees as a hard-to-survey (or hard-to-reach) population. Labelling refugee populations with this phrase reflects the perspective of mainly local European researchers on a population they do not belong to. Moreover, refugees may not describe themselves with this phrase. Drawing upon my fieldwork experience as a member of the Syrian community in Germany who has conducted research with Syrian refugees, this practice paper challenges a common narrative among researchers in Europe in regard to refugee populations. I strongly recommend that researchers who are interested in conducting research with refugee populations involve them in all research design and implementation stages. I further call upon researchers to refrain from using the label ‘hard-to-survey’ to describe refugee populations before ensuring that they have done enough to engage with and involve their target population in their research.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Chair Healthcare Management and Health Sciences > Chair Healthcare Management and Health Sciences - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. Eckhard Nagel
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 600 Technology, medicine, applied sciences > 610 Medicine and health
Date Deposited: 13 May 2022 07:03
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 07:03
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/69597