Public attitudes towards asylum seekers and refugees

There is considerable data on what people think about asylum seekers, but we lack a deep understanding of why people hold these views.


In collaboration with the Melbourne Social Equity Institute and the Melbourne Refugee Studies Program, The Centre for Advancing Journalism is researching the drivers of public attitudes towards asylum seekers.

We will conduct a range of focus groups designed to interrogate why people feel the way they do about refugees and asylum seekers. The result will be a research report breaking new ground on this issue, and designed to be useful to NGOs, policy makers and others.

‘Islamisation’ and other anxieties: voter attitudes towards asylum seekers