The top 10 Google searches for Syrian refugees
With the above search terms it is no wonder that the Syrians are trying to get out. As Ben Webster , said; ‘People are just living day-to-day, so obviously in a conflict situation they are going to be separated, just trying to access health care and things while there is fighting going on around them’. It might be clear the Syrian refugees are in a very complicated situation and Google can tell us a lot about their worries. Refugees’ Google a lot and the two search terms used most are clearly ‘immigration to Germany’ and ‘asylum in Germany’. People are determined to flee and especially to Germany. You might wonder why Germany is such a focus point for the refugees. Well, after Angela Merkel said earlier that Germany would not turn away any Syrian asylum seekers, it must be no surprise that refugees are seeing Germany as there safe haven. Other European countries provide shelter to refugees as well, in total Europe expects 800.000 refugees this year.
Via Google it is possible to see Syrians try to figure out how to get to Europe. The next top search terms are the map of Greece and a map of the sea separating Turkey and Greece. Furthermore Syrians also Google maps of Europe in Arabic and again, maps of Germany.
It looks like they try to determine which route is the best to take. Syrians Google the distance between Edirne and Izmir, Izmir and Istanbul and Turkey and Greece. After that they will be on foot and they search for the distance between Macedonia and Serbia.
Hungary declared a state of emergency and uses force, by using rubber bullets and tear gas, to prevent people entering his borders. This makes refugees interested in their political state as well. Keywords for search for are ‘news of Hungary’ and ‘Hungary Syrian refugees’. Hereby Syrians want to check whether Hungary is a go or no-go.
The whole situation is very complicated. While the war in Syria continues to take a toll on those left behind, the web seems to provide some answers in a time of need and uncertainty.
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Global Dialy. (2015, 10 1). The top Google searches in Syria. Used on 10 6, 2015, http://globaldaily.com/#!article/the-top-google-searches-in-syria
Snowdon, K. (2015, 9 29). Top Google Search Terms From Syria show just how Desperate Refugees Are. Used on 10 6, 2015, http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/09/29/top-google-search-terms-syria-refugees-desperate_n_8214586.html
 Examples of search terms used in the past two weeks
 Head of Emergencies at British Red Cross