March 11, 2019
Words matter. Especially when they come from the media. But how positive or negative is media coverage about migration and how does this coverage affect the perceptions in society?
According to World Migration report 2018, published by the International Organization for Migration, much of the research evidence shows that media associates migrants with negative news and often casts migration as a ‘law and order or security issue. At the same time, media coverage also separates migrants from the ‘host’ population by the use of dehumanizing language, using metaphors that refer to war and natural disasters (for example, ‘invasions’ and ‘floods’) or portraying them as ‘victims of an unfair system’.