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Ukrainian Refugees in Poland and Germany: Employing Social Media for a Rapid Response Survey

October 3, 2022 at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Location:403 Southam Hall

Guest talk provided by Dr. Steffen Pötzschke, a postdoc and deputy team leader of the
GESIS Panel at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences in Mannheim (Germany).

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24th, 2022, and the ensuing war have forced
millions of people from Ukrainian to seek refuge across Europe. To serve their needs,
timely information on these refugees is essential for NGOs, service agencies, and
governments. While data gathered through surveys is a key source of such information,
sampling refugees, especially those who recently arrived in a country, is a crucial
challenge. Against this background, this talk discusses the use of targeted social media
advertisements on Facebook and Instagram to sample and survey people who fled from
Ukrainian to Germany and Poland in early 2022. For this study, data on approximately
1,200 people displaced from Ukraine was collected during the second half of April 2022,
i.e., within two months after the beginning of this new phase in the war in Ukraine. The
talk will provide insights in the used approach and present selected preliminary findings.

Carleton University
Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies & Migration and Diaspora Studies