This comparative volume provides a comprehensive cross-national account of media coverage and public attitudes toward migration both within and into the European Union.

Using empirical research from across Germany, Hunary, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, Media and Public Attitudes Toward Migration in Europe offers an in-depth exploration of one of the most prominent social and political topics of the decade in Europe. Drawing on a large scale, cross-national panel survey, experiments, and media content analysis of migration discourse in both traditional news media and social media, expert contributors from across the continent investigate topics such as the linguistic features of migration coverage, the public perception of migrants, and the effects of journalistic communication strategies. Other topics addressed include a discussion of news framing effects on migration coverage and politicians’ postings on social media coverage about the issue.

This is a valuable resource for academics, students, and policymakers interested in media coverage of migration, news framing effects, and public attitudes to migration generally.


part I|43 pages


chapter 1|25 pages

Setting the stage

Understanding media discourses about and public attitudes toward migration in Europe

part II|57 pages

Public attitudes toward migration within and into Europe

chapter 5|18 pages

Mobile in Europe

Effects of mobility attitudes and experiences on attitudes toward freedom of movement

part IV|52 pages

Media effects on public attitudes toward migration within and into Europe

chapter 9|15 pages

Media effects on attitudes toward immigration

Political sophistication as a shield

chapter 10|16 pages

Miscounting the others

Media effects on perceptions of the immigrant population size

chapter 11|19 pages

How news frames affect immigration attitudes

Perceptions and emotions as underpinning mechanisms?

part V|21 pages


chapter 12|19 pages

Summary and conclusions

Media discourses about and public attitudes toward migration within and into Europe