Understanding free movement and migration in the European Union
Media coverage framed in security terms
The REMINDER project used computer-assisted techniques to analyse the content of more than seven million news stories about immigration from 35 news outlets in seven EU member states. The team looked at three frames in particular: economic framing, welfare framing and security framing.
While migration in general tends in most countries to be framed in terms of crime and security concerns, when it comes to coverage of intra-European migration in particular economic and welfare framing is more common.
The difference is strongest for Eastern European countries, where intra-European migration is much more strongly associated with economic and welfare frames than it is in Western European countries.