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Information and consent form

We appreciate your interest in participating in this study. This is a study of how the COVID-19 pandemic may impact people’s lives. This study is conducted by an international team and we are looking for participants in the Czech Republic, Kosovo, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, and the UK. In this study, we will ask you about how you experience the COVID-19 pandemic, about potential sources of information about COVID-19 and other topics, your feelings when it comes to COVID-19 and minority groups, and demographics (e.g. age). When it comes to minority groups, we will ask you questions about your experience with migrants from the Middle East. These migrants include people coming from, for example, Syria.

We would like you to complete this questionnaire twice, now and about 1 month later. You will receive an automatic email with an invitation to complete the second part of the survey when it is available online. Each survey will last about 15 minutes, and you will be paid for each time point separately. This enables us to observe how your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic changes over time. Your participation would be greatly appreciated and you would contribute to the understanding of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on people across different countries.

Please read through these terms before agreeing to participate by ticking the ‘yes’ box below. You may ask any questions related to this research before taking part by contacting the researcher (details below).

Do I have to take part?
Please note that your participation is voluntary. You may withdraw at any point for any reason, before submitting your answers, by closing the browser. There are no health risks associated with completing this questionnaire other than those you might encounter during office work. However, we are only able to pay participants who complete all questions.

How will your data be used?
We will use all reasonable endeavours to keep your data confidential. The data will be anonymized and kept under safety regulations. Your IP address is automatically accessed but will be deleted immediately after it is collected. Research data will be stored for a minimum of ten years after data collection.

Who will have access to your data?
The research team will process your personal data for the purpose of the research outlined above. We would like your permission to use your anonymised data in future studies, and to share the anonymized data with other researchers (e.g. in online databases).

The researchers working on this project are Dr. Tibor Zingora, Dr. Michèle Birtel, Dr. Sylvie Graf, Dr. Martina Hřebíčková, Mgr. David Lacko, Dr. Mirjana Rupar, Mgr. Jaroslav Točík, Mgr. Shpend Voca. Researchers are attached to one of the following institutions: Czech Academy of Sciences, University of Greenwich, University of Bern, Jagiellonian University, AAB College.

What if there is a problem?
This project has been reviewed by the ethics committee of the Czech Academy of Sciences and received ethics clearance. If you have a concern about any aspect of this project, please contact Dr. Michèle Birtel [], who will do her best to answer your query. For any concerns regarding ethics, please contact Martina Hřebíčková []. The researcher should acknowledge your concern and give you an indication of how they intend to deal with it. You can withdraw your consent to use your data even after the data collection is completed. For this purpose, you will be given a personal code, so we can identify your responses even after your personal identifiers are removed from the data.

Please note that you may only participate in this survey if you are 18 years of age or over and if you are White British.

Please note that you may only participate in this survey if you are 18 years of age or over.
If you have read the information above and agree to participate with the understanding that the data (including any personal data) you submit will be processed accordingly to this information, please check the relevant box below to get started.
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If you have a concern about any aspect of this project, please contact Dr. Michèle D. Birtel.