Media Use by Syrians in Sweden: Media Consumption, Identity, and Integration

  • Michelle Timmermans


There are an estimated 18 million people living in the Syrian diaspora (Syrian Arab Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates 2014). In 2015, Sweden accepted the most Syrian asylum seekers per capita of any European Union Member State (Tanner, Overwhelmed by refugee flows, Scandinavia tempers its warm welcome. Migration Policy Institute. Retrieved from, 2016, February 10). Through interviews conducted with Syrian immigrants in Stockholm, Sweden, this research examines how members of the Syrian diaspora consume various channels to follow the ongoing conflict in their home country, how these media affect the respondents’ understanding of both Syria and Sweden, and how these media channels are used in the process of acculturation and integration into the Swedish community. Questions regarding if, and how, members of the Syrian diaspora are communicating with countrymen left behind, how they are keeping up-to-date with developments of the conflict, and where they are able to find the most reliable information are also explored.


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  • Michelle Timmermans
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherStockholmSweden

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