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Analysis of the conversation on migration in Colombia's second round of elections
Analysis of the conversation on migration in Colombia's second round of elections After the first round of elections held on May 29, Colombian society will have to decide on June 19 its next president between the candidates Gustavo Petro, who obtained more than 8 million votes, and Rodolfo Hernandes, who obtained more than 5 million votes. In this scenario, the conversation about the immigration policies to be applied in the coming years became more relevant due to the doubts generated by the proposals presented to date, added to the background of the people in the electoral campaign. In this document we present our analysis of the conversation on Twitter between May 1 and June 10 with the narratives on migration found, also adding the opinion of people who work directly in favor of migrants living in Colombian territory.
As main findings we found that the candidates Gustavo Petro and Rodolfo Hernández did not issue messages on migration issues from their official Twitter accounts. However, the topic was present after the voting on May 29. Past statements issued by candidate Hernandez were trending on this social network as several users criticized his xenophobic comments when he was mayor of Bucaramanga. In addition, some messages on social networks continued to use the narrative of fear that Colombia will become Venezuela to encourage voting against candidate Gustavo Petro.
Given the absence of messages from both candidates, we decided to convene specialists in migration issues and representatives of organizations that work directly in the integration of migrants to point out the policies that the next president of Colombia should promote to ensure an integration free of xenophobia and with recognition of the rights of migrants. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
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