Refugees Are is a news analysis platform aimed to better understand the narrative shaped around refugees and migrants in the news, to highlight the issue of xenophobia which is affecting their integration in new societies and starting new lives. The platform extract news on a daily basis from the open source GDELT which tag them as refugees related news, then it crawls the websites of the news and apply sentiment analysis, topic modeling, and location extraction to get more insights. Finally all this info is vizualized on a map and graphs to better explain the daily situation to the public audience, and allow them to take part in voting on news which they find xenophobic or not. This would help the technologies developed behind the platform to improve in its accuracy to reach better auto detection. In addition, it helps increasing empathy in the normal public user who gets to read and engage with the refugees situation on a daily basis. The platform can also be beneficial for NGOs who are trying to help integrating refugees or raise funds to support them.
This project was published as an exploration project at the office of innovation at UNICEF and continued as part of a Master thesis at the National University of Ireland, Galway. After it won Techfugees Global Challenges Awards in Social Inclusion, it is getting support to be turned into a startup.
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