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Title

An Online Opinion Analysis on Refugee Acceptance Using Topic Modeling


Author's

Sook Choi(, Republic of Korea)

Si Yeon Jang(siyeonjang@gmail.com, Republic of Korea)


Abstract

This study focused on the increase in refugee-related discourse in Korean society with the recent inflow of asylum seekers to Jeju Island. The purpose of our study was to understand the trends in public opinion concerning the acceptance of refugees by analyzing the content of refugee-related video commentary on YouTube. Topic modeling was conducted to analyze the main points, context, and ideas in the comments. The results indicated that the media mainly focus on the pros and cons of refugees, restricting the refugee issue to the problem of acceptance with a narrow focus on the case of Jeju Island. Refugee acceptance was treated as overwhelmingly unacceptable in the comments. We found that commenters often used negative discourse in the comments as a device for reproducing and amplifying hate speech


Keywords

refugee acceptance, online opinion, comments analysis, topic modeling


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DOI

https://doi.org/10.15206/ajpor.2019.7.3.169


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