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Molly Kraus

Digital Refuge: Examining Online Refugee Communities in Europe

The European Migrant Crisis, as it has been popularly entitled, left millions of refugees from Syria to Afghanistan floundering for accurate information on the legal infrastructure of immigration in Europe.
As a research apprentice for Berkeley School of Law, I have been able to study the digital proliferation of refugee rumors on sites such as Facebook and News that Moves to evaluate how this digital infrastructure has reshaped the informational and legal narratives of refugee communities. I also help analyze data from UNHCR on the conditions of Greek refugee camps, and am helping develop an interactive website that NGOs and governments can utilize to study disparate aid distribution and systemic challenges in various European countries.

Message to Sponsor

I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the summer funding. Coming to Berkeley, I thought my path to law school was set in stone. Having been able to receive such generous funding for undergraduate research has opened my eyes to the possibility of pursuing a dual PhD/JD. Thank you for empowering me as a researcher, student, and avid learner. This funding has given me the freedom to continue doing research. I truly couldn't have done it without your help!!!
  • Major: Political Science
  • Mentor: Katerina Linos