Images of Immigrants and Refugees in Western Europe
Media Representations, Public Opinion and Refugees’ Experiences
Edited by Leen d’Haenens, Willem Joris, and François Heinderyckx
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representation of newcomers and immigrants
The topic of migration has become particularly contentious in national and international debates. Media have a discernable impact on overall societal attitudes towards this phenomenon. Polls show time and again that immigration is one of the most important issues occupying people’s minds. This book examines the dynamic interplay between media representations of migrants and refugees on the one hand and the governmental and societal (re)actions to these on the other. Largely focusing on Belgium and Sweden, this collection of interdisciplinary research essays attempts to unravel the determinants of people’s preferences regarding migration policy, expectations towards newcomers, and economic, humanitarian and cultural concerns about immigration’s effect on the majority population’s life. Whilst migrants and refugees remain voiceless and highly underrepresented in the legacy media, this volume allows their voices to be heard.
Contributors: Leen d’Haenens (KU Leuven), Willem Joris (KU Leuven), Paul Puschmann (KU
Leuven/Radboud University Nijmegen), Ebba Sundin (Halmstad University), David
De Coninck (KU Leuven), Rozane De Cock (KU Leuven), Valériane Mistiaen
(Université libre de Bruxelles), Lutgard Lams (KU Leuven), Stefan Mertens (KU
Leuven), Olivier Standaert (UC Louvain), Hanne Vandenberghe (KU Leuven), Koen
Matthijs (KU Leuven), Kevin Smets (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Jacinthe
Mazzocchetti (UC Louvain), Lorraine Gerstmans (UC Louvain), Lien Mostmans
(Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and François Heinderyckx (Université libre de
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This publication is GPRC-labeled (Guaranteed Peer-Reviewed Content).
With thanks to the funding provided by Belspo (Belgian Science Policy Office), as part of the framework programme BRAIN-be (Belgian Research Action Through Interdisciplinary Networks), contract nr BR/165/A4/IM2MEDIATE.
Part I – Policy on migration and integration in Europe
Chapter 2. Migration and integration policy in Europe: Comparing Belgium and Sweden
Part II – Media representations
Chapter 3. The Refugee Situation as Portrayed in News Media : A Content Analysis of Belgian and Swedish Newspapers – 2015-2017
Chapter 4. Depiction of Immigration in Television News : Public and Commercial Broadcasters – a Comparison
Chapter 5. Agency and Power in the Dutch-Language News Coverage of the Summer 2015 Refugee Situation in Europe: A Transitivity Analysis of Semantic Roles
Chapter 6. A Diverse View on the Promotion of Tolerance and Cultural Diversity through the Eyes of Journalists: Focus on Belgium and Sweden
Part III – Public opinion
Chapter 7. Discordance between Public Opinion and News Media Representations of Immigrants and Refugees in Belgium and Sweden
Chapter 8. Online News Consumption and Public Sentiment toward Refugees : Is there a Filter Bubble at Play? Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden: A Comparison
Chapter 9. The Effects of Dominant versus Peripheral News Frames on Attitudes toward Refugees and News Story Credibility
Part IV – Refugees’ experiences
Chapter 10. Beyond Victimhood : Reflecting on Migrant-Victim Representations with Afghan, Iraqi, and Syrian Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Belgium
List of authors
Format: Edited volume - free ebook - PDF
Publication: May 14, 2019
Leen d’Haenens is professor in Communication Science at the Institute for Media Studies at the KU Leuven. Her research interests include digital media and youth, media, and ethnic minorities.
Willem Joris is postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Media Studies at the KU Leuven, and guest professor in Communication Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).