Quotation Kohlenberger, Judith, Berger, Maria. 2022. Communicating COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures to Vulnerable Communities: The Case of Refugees and Migrants in Austria and Germany. In: Global Health Communication for Immigrants and Refugees: Cases, Theories, and Strategies, Hrsg. Do Kyun David Kim, Gary L. Kreps, 94-111. New York: Routledge.


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With the onset of the Coronavirus pandemic, the relevance of efficient health communication to socially vulnerable groups, including refugees and migrants, has come to the forefront of public and political concern in Austria and Germany, two countries in the heart of Europe with a traditionally high share of immigrant populations. While their national governments informed their citizens on public curfews and a weeks-long lockdown in spring 2020, information in the languages of (forced) migrants was delayed and incomplete, partly even inaccurate. Consequently, many migrants were induced to avoid or delay treatment, to misinterpret or ignore safety measures, or to experience heightened levels of stress and anxiety. Refugees who arrived in Europe in the wake of the great summer of migration in 2015 experienced re-traumatization, were too scared to leave their homes for days and weeks, and reported racial profiling by the heightened police force intent on checking curfew measures. For fear of identification, undocumented and irregular migrants avoided reporting for testing and quarantining. This led to heated discussions on social inclusion, health equality, and adequate communication policies for minorities, which has historically proven key in containing the spread of infectious diseases (White, 2020), but also sparked xenophobic responses by the political actors and the resident population. This chapter explores the factors reinforcing in/sufficient access to information on health care and health literacy for migrants and refugees in Germany and Austria. Secondly, we examine the types and effectiveness of COVID-19-related health communication targeted at migrants, with a particular focus on the vulnerable group of recently arrived refugees and asylum seekers.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Chapter in edited volume
Language English
Title Communicating COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures to Vulnerable Communities: The Case of Refugees and Migrants in Austria and Germany
Title of whole publication Global Health Communication for Immigrants and Refugees: Cases, Theories, and Strategies
Editor Do Kyun David Kim, Gary L. Kreps
Page from 94
Page to 111
Location New York
Publisher Routledge
Year 2022
Reviewed? Y
URL https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9781003230243/global-health-communication-immigrants-refugees-kyun-david-kim-gary-kreps?refId=1f7e2d4f-04a9-479f-bbcb-b077414c1b81&context=ubx
ISBN 9781003230243
Open Access N

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COVID-19 and Migration: Accessibility, Cooperation and Socioeconomic Challenges of Migrants and Refugees in Austria
People
Kohlenberger, Judith (Details)
External
Berger, Maria (Universität Wien, Austria)
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Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5404 Demography (Details)
5428 Migration research, emigration - (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
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