The capability 'To Be Secure': Media coverage of African asylum seekers during Covid-19 in Israel

Baruch Shomron

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The health and economic consequences of Covid-19 have not affected the different groups in society equally, particularly the weakest communities, chief among them asylum seekers who have been hit the hardest. This study focuses on the Israeli media's role during this crisis, and whether they have advocated or hindered African asylum seekers capability 'to be secure'. This capability is the most important in the capabilities approach, as it advocates not only quality of life but also life itself. The study reveals mixed results as the Israeli media both hinders and advocates for asylum seekers' security during the Covid-19 pandemic. By mapping out the themes of the media coverage, this study serves as a roadmap for policymakers and media organizations for the improvement of asylum seekers' security through mass media coverage. Furthermore, this study contributes to the debate regarding the role media should play in society, especially regarding asylum seekers in their time of need.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4361-4380
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Refugee Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2021


  • Covid-19
  • asylum seekers
  • capabilities
  • media coverage
  • to be secure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


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