The representation of (illegal) migrants in the British news

Carolina Silveira

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This research looks at how migration is represented in British newspapers by using multimodal critical discourse analysis (MCDA) to examine two news articles published in July/June 2015 from The Guardian and the Daily Mail. The study takes a closer look at the categories used to define immigrants, including the implicit assumption of illegality associated with ‘migrants’ crossing the Mediterranean/Calais. The analysis reveals how both news articles contribute to a similar discourse, which places the refugee at a distance and presents the UK as being threatened by a rising number of, specifically male, ‘migrants’. This article deconstructs two ideologically dissimilar news articles to reveal the manner in which they can both contribute to a negative construction of refugees and immigrants arriving in Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalNetworking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Asylum seekers
  • Europe
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Immigration
  • Media representation
  • news media


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