Coverage of EU migration more positive than non-EU

The REMINDER project’s quantitative analysis of media coverage showed that, in general, coverage of migration tends to be negative in tone. However, coverage of intra-European mobility in particular is comparatively positive. An exception is Germany, which had very high levels of immigration from other EU countries.

The researchers looked in particular for three ‘frames’ in the stories they analysed: security, welfare and economic. Most countries’ migration coverage tends to be focused on security-related aspects. This happens less for intra-European coverage, which tends to be covered in economic and welfare frames. The difference is strongest in Eastern European countries where mobile EU citizens are much more likely to be described in economic or welfare frames than security.

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