European Migration Crisis and the Media

Preliminary findings

During the 2016 POLIS conference on April 21, researchers from Media and Communications department’s European Migration Crisis and the Media project presented their preliminary findings for the first time. A panel consisting of Dr Myria Georgiou and Dr Rafal Zaborowski along with student researchers Antonis Dimitriadis, Lisa Elkhoury, Afroditi Koulaxi, Sadichchha Pokharel and Pauline Vidal discussed their research on European media coverage of the migration crisis. While the analysis is still ongoing, emerging findings suggest that despite significant differences across European regions, time periods and political stances of news outlets, there is a general, consistent move from humanitarianism towards militarisation in newspaper portrayals of the crisis.

You can find the slides for the presentation here and the audio from the presentation here.

The European Migration Crisis and the Media project is a multi-stage scholarly investigation of European press during the so-called “refugee crisis” in order to understand how media and historical/political contexts in Europe shape the spectrum of attitudes towards the crisis and refugees. The project is led by Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, Dr Myria Georgiou and Dr Rafal Zaborowski, all from the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE, along with 25 students and researchers.

For any queries about the project please contact Professor Lilie Chouliaraki (, Dr Myria Georgiou (, or Dr Rafal Zaborowski (