Looking over the channel: The balance of media coverage about the "refugee crisis" in Germany and the UK

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This study compares the balance of newspaper and television news coverage about migration in two countries that were differently affected by the so-called "refugee crisis"in 2015 in terms of the geopolitical involvement and numbers of migrants being admitted. Based on a broad consensus among political elites, Germany left its borders open and received about one million migrants mainly from Syria during 2015. In contrast, the conservative British government was heavily attacked by oppositional parties for closing Britain's borders and, thus, restricting immigration. These different initial situations led to remarkable differences between the news coverage in both countries. In line with news value theory, German media outlets reported much more on migration than did their British counterparts. In line with indexing theory, German news coverage consonantly reflected the consensual view of German political elites, while British news media reported along their general editorial lines.




Maurer, M., Haßler, J., Kruschinski, S., & Jost, P. (2022). Looking over the channel: The balance of media coverage about the “refugee crisis” in Germany and the UK. Communications, 47(2), 219–240. https://doi.org/10.1515/commun-2020-0016

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