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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. By contrast migrant voices are less likely to be present in stories which tend towards more negative views of migration and migrants.However, our interviews and focus groups clearly showed that this concentration of migrant voices in victim frames does not reflect the varied lives of migrants who live in the UK. A narrow view of migrants as victims may reinforce dominant stereotypes in ways that are not helpful in the longer term.Our research suggests that if the migration debate is to be more balanced and reflect the lived reality of migrants in Britain, it must include a wider range of evidence, views and perspectives.
The report draws on 648 migration-related stories in tabloid and broadsheet newspapers published in the period leading to the 2015 General Election as well as interviews with representatives from organisations working to engage migrant experiences and voices in the media and focus group discussions in Glasgow, Birmingham and London with 60 migrants from a range of countries and backgrounds.
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This project was funded by Coventry University and the Open Society Foundations.
The inferno that engulfed the Grenfell Tower was a personal disaster for the many who lost their friends and families. The subsequent analysis and media frenzy highlighted issues of housing, social justice and racism. In a city celebrated for its diversity and social liberalism but which is polarised by race and class, poor working class and communities of colour appear to have been corralled into the worst housing in a global city in the 21st century.
This report presents an analysis of white working-class communities’ perspectives on belonging, change, identity, and immigration. Recent studies about the white working class focus on national politics, religion, and immigration; this study tells a national story from a grassroots perspective with an eye toward the prospects for cross-racial coalition building between working-class white communities and communities of color.
Collaborate to Train is a three-year project that will engage with over 250 local small businesses and support them to increase their involvement in the education and workforce training system.
Exceed in Coventry is a three-year project providing tailored help and support to over 1,300 Coventry residents, enabling them to progress into education, training, job search or employment.
ConnectMe is a three-year project supporting Coventry’s long term unemployed and economically inactive people. The project aims to make it easier for people who are experiencing barriers to employment to move into education, training or employment.