Rosabel Argote

Different studies from different universities have proved the correlation between hate speech on refugees and migrants, and attacks to asylum-seeker shelters or incidents against ethnic groups.  

Among them, we highlight the one carried out by the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. It shows that hate speech spoken by a political representative has the effect of increasing hatred in the social environment in which such representative is a leader or opinion maker.

That study, entitled Fanning the Flames of Hate, bases its fieldwork on two cases:

– hate speech by representatives of the party Alternative for Germany (AfD); and
– twits by U.S. President Donald Trump

In both cases, as above-mentioned, their findings show that correlation between the number of anti-refugee entries on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks («vomiting» from incitement of political speeches), and the number of attacks on asylum-seeker shelters in Germany or incidents against ethnic groups reported by Trump in the United States.