A view of sudanese refugee resettlement through Nebraska's print media

Mary S. Willis, Constance J. Fernald

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The print media has the potential to educate the general public about newly arriving Great Plains populations, influence refugee resettlement programs, and motivate volunteers to assist in transitions. Thus, accuracy of news items is crucial to successful assimilation of new populations to host communities. In this paper, we provide results from a content analysis of eight Nebraska newspapers regarding Sudanese refugees. We focus on refugee population descriptors, cultural characteristics, resettlement issues, and refugee goals to determine what could be learned about refugees from Sudan if one used local print media. Consistent with theories of stereotyping, results suggest that limited, and sometimes erroneous, information would be acquired about any of the Sudanese tribes if one relied exclusively upon print media. Despite this potential setback, Nebraskans are assisting Sudanese refugees in resettlement and learning how difficult it is for refugees to understand and incorporate US culture into their fragile existence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-292
Number of pages22
JournalGreat Plains Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Dinka
  • Nuer
  • Print media
  • Refugees
  • Resettlement
  • Sudan
  • Sudanese

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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