Migrants and the media: examining migrant voices in Britain’s political debate
Immigration and its implications have long been among the most significant concerns of the British public, dominating the agendas of political parties and covered the pages of the print media. However, since the 2010 General Election a number of organisations have been established with the explicit objective of providing opportunities for migrant communities to engage with the media and contribute to the public and political debate. This project explored the engagement and representation of these migrant voices within the 2015 pre-election debate, asking how the voices and experiences of migrants were represented in media reporting and whether migrants themselves were able to have a say.
This project contributes to a growing literature on how best to establish a balanced media debate on migration. The research found that in order for the migration debate to be more balanced and reflect the lived reality of migrants in Britain, it must include a wider range of evidence, views and perspectives. We found that migrants are only referenced in 15% of newspaper articles on migration and that 85% of articles do not have a migrant perspective. We also found evidence that migrant voices are more likely to be included in stories which tend towards more positive, sympathetic or humanising portrayals of migration and a majority of these presented the migrant as a victim in need of sympathy and support. A narrow view of migrants as victims may reinforce dominant stereotypes in ways that are not helpful in the longer term.
The project was launched at a roundtable debate hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Migration in the Houses of Parliament in February 2016. It was also covered by The Guardian, in an article that can be accessed here.
Managing the migration crisis? Undocumented migrants and refugees at Europe’s southern border
Over recent years, hundreds of thousands of people have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy as part of what has come to be known as Europe’s ‘migration crisis’. An intensification of controls on international population movements has taken place both at sea and after arrival. This project seeks to better understand what the impact of attempts by EU institutions and national governments to manage the crisis has been on migrants’ status and journeys. It serves to document the ongoing crisis through the experiences of newly arrived migrants and refugees.
(En)gendering international protection? 'Refugee women', gender and the global politics of asylum
Working with partners in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, France, Turkey, South Africa and the UK, this research explores the extent and ways in which gendered experiences of forced migration are reflected in the laws, policy and practice of refugee-receiving countries