Social media and inclusion in humanitarian response: ‘caminantes’ at the Venezuela–Colombia border

Torrealba, M. and Acosta, Y.
Publication language
Date published
01 May 2022
Research, reports and studies
Comms, media & information, Technological, Forced displacement and migration
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Colombia

This study seeks to understand the role of social media in humanitarian action in the Venezuelan refugee crisis. In doing so, it focuses specifically on the experiences of Venezuelan caminantes – migrants and refugees travelling primarily by foot – as they move across the border from Venezuela to Colombia.

Reflecting HPG’s wider research focus on inclusion, caminantes were selected as a highly vulnerable, socially isolated, mobile population with limited access to humanitarian aid or other support. Based on research in other migration and refugee contexts, this choice is informed by the hypothesis that social media could provide specific opportunities for people on the move to better access information or connect with service providers.

The study explores how caminantes use social media, and how far it supports their inclusion in the humanitarian response in Venezuela. Through conversations with aid actors, it also situates the specific circumstances of the caminantes within a wider lens of how social media is being used in the transboundary response more broadly.

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