REPORT: Migrants treated as 'villains or victims' in election coverage

February 3, 2016

A new report on migrant voices in the British media in the run-up to the 2015 UK General Election is now available online from the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University..

'Victims and Villains' explores how migrant voices and experiences are framed in Britain’s migration debate, against the backdrop of a complex relationship between the media, political debate and public attitudes.




The researchers asked whether the voices and experiences of migrants were present in the media and, of so, how were they presented and framed. They found that

  • 85% did not include a migrant voice or perspective
  • Most migration stories framed migrants as either a threat (46%) or as victims in need of support (38%).
  • There is very little space in the dominant media narrative for the 'every day' lives of migrants as families, workers, students and contributors to the UK's economy and society

Download the full report below