18 May 2021
MRS No. 67 – Misinformation and migration during the COVID-19 pandemic: From the migrant caravan in Honduras to the Filipino diaspora
Authored by Ruth A. de Frutos García, this Migration Research Series paper explores the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on misinformation related to migration and migrants through two case studies: that of the migrant caravan in Honduras that took place in 2020 and that of the Filipino diaspora. The paper relies on a social media analysis of different types of misinformation related to these two case studies during the first eight months of the pandemic, from March to December 2020. In this view, the paper critically examines the social media accounts of two media outlets and presents findings from semi-structured interviews carried out with journalists in Honduras and the Philippines.