The role of the press in the war on asylum

Greg Philo, Emma Briant, Pauline Donald

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An article based on excerpts from a chapter in the book, Bad News for Refugees by the Glasgow Media Group. It examines, in a detailed content analysis of sixty-nine articles in UK national papers in June 2011, how the rightwing press helped set the political agenda on immigration through a consistent conflation of issues of economic and forced migration, an emphasis on numbers as a threat, the pointing to migrants as an economic burden and potential criminals and a stress on the need for immigration controls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-41
Number of pages14
JournalRace & Class
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Asylum seeker
  • Daily Express
  • Daily Mail
  • Human Rights Act
  • Illegal immigrant
  • Migration Watch
  • Press coverage
  • Sun
  • Telegraph

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