Media

Reporters often ‘other’ migrants

Migrants are often described in ways that make them seem very different from people in the communities into which they are moving. Frequently, locals are portrayed as ‘us’ and migrants as ‘them’, or as something ‘other’. Both intra-European migrants from Eastern Europe and non-European migrants from the Middle East are often described as ‘illegal’ or ‘different’. This is particularly the case during times of crisis, such as the European refugee movements of 2015. The ways in which migrants are described in the media can affect the ways in which audiences respond to the issue of migration — which can in turn affect the actions of policymakers.

How does this type of coverage affect the public’s attitudes?

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