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'The European migration crisis and the media'

LSE has launched a major research project about the effect of the media on public understanding of the migration and refugee crisis.

"Arbeitsbesuch Mazedonien (20270359624)" by Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äusseres - Arbeitsbesuch Mazedonien. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via CommonsThe on-going crisis across Europe poses a challenge for the continent’s alliance of democratic states. In every country the media is filled with images of migrants fleeing war, suffering, or losing their lives during their journey. Yet Europe’s response has been mixed and the plans for dealing with this crisis are even more uncertain. 

The new research project from LSE’s Department of Media and Communications will, among other things, focus on understanding how the different histories and politics of European countries shape the variety of attitudes towards the crisis.

The research builds on the Department’s earlier work on migration and the media, and on the effects of media ethics on human wellbeing. 

Over the next 12 months this new project will:

  • look for patterns in the many different media treatments of  the crisis in the UK, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Serbia, Spain; 
  • conduct fieldwork in local languages close to the sites of entry and encounters between migrants and local populations;
  • consider how media in different countries should use images of migrants, and to what end;
  • ask what is the future of the ideal of ‘hospitality’ in Europe?

The Department will produce a public report by summer 2016 and feature initial findings at the annual Polis conference and at other public events from April 2016.

The launch of this project follows LSE’s announcement last week that it is set to increase its funding for scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees to nearly £500,000 per year.  


For more information on the project, please contact Professor Lilie Chouliaraki (l.chouliaraki@lse.ac.uk) or Dr Myria Georgiou (m.a.georgiou@lse.ac.uk). For general enquiries contact the LSE Press Office on pressoffice@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 7060.

Notes to Editors

The ‘European migration crisis and the media’ will be a collaboration involving a cross-section of researchers in the LSE Department of Media and Communications, including its master’s students and doctoral researchers. 

As part of a series of LSE projects and events on international migration and the refugee crisis, the Department of Media and Communications will be working closely with the LSE’s Institute for Global Affairs and the Marshall Institute for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship.  

For more information about LSE’s scholarships for asylum seekers and refugees see: Up to £1/2 million of scholarships for refugees at LSE