Migration Narrative Study

Study: How does the media on both sides of the Mediterranean report on Migration?

Is the media underequipped to cover migration? This was the question investigated in the study on 17 countries in the Euro-Mediterranean region. It identifies major challenges to migration reporting and finds that media in many countries on both sides of the Mediterranean are under-resourced and unable to provide the time, money and appropriate level of expertise that is needed to tell the migration story in context.

EUROMED Migration IV, funded by the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations of the EU  and implemented by ICMPD, commissioned the Ethical Journalism Network  to conduct this study for which journalists from 17 countries have examined the quality of migration media coverage in 2015/16 from a national perspective. The study covers nine EU countries and eight countries in the south of the Mediterranean. 

It finds that journalists are often poorly informed about the complex nature of migration as a phenomenon. At the same time newsrooms are also vulnerable to pressure, manipulation and hate speech by some political elites or voices on social media networks. The study also highlights inspirational examples of journalism at its best –resourceful, painstaking, and marked by careful, sensitive and humanitarian reporting. In order to address the identified challenges it  provides a series of detailed recommendations and calls for training, better funding of media action and other activities to support and foster more balanced and fact-based journalism on immigration, emigration, integration, asylum and other migration-related challenges. 



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Public Debate Needed to Confront Denial and Media Stereotypes

By Faten Hayed



Good and Bad, but a Lack of Accountability when Journalism Fails the Migration Test

By Katharine Sarikakis



Positive Stories but Questions Remain over Self-Censorship and Lack of In-Depth Coverage

By Sarah El-Shaarawi and Abdulrahman Elsamni



Politics, Distorted Images and why the Media Need to Frame the Migration Story

By Jean-Paul Marthoz



“We Can Do It”: A Test of Media Solidarity and Political Nerve over Migration

By Michaela Maria Müller

Media’s Double Vision as Migrant Crisis Catches the World’s Imagination

By Nikos Megrelis


How the Shock of the New Became a Polarising, Fearful and Toxic Story

By Balázs Weyer


Political Division and Internal Fears Drive the Migration Agenda

By Shaike Komornik


The Temperature is Down, but Media Coverage still Fails to Tell the full Migration Story

By Anna Masera


Lost Voices in a Land Built on Migration

By Daoud Kuttab


Mixed Messages as Media Cope with Internal Stress and External Pressure

By Magda Abu-Fadil


The Challenge of Normalising the Media’s Migrant Crisis Machine

By Mark Micallef


The Invisible People who Should Take their Place on the Media Stage

By Salaheddine Lemaizi


Unforgettable History, Returning Money and Political Bias Shape the Migration News Agenda

By Bassam Ewaida


Desperation, Tragedy and Criminal Coverage that Distort the Media Image of Migration

By Jose Miguel Calatayud


Journalism on the Spot as Europe’s Asylum Leader Takes a Change of Direction

By Arne Konig


Single-minded Media Fail to Grasp Opportunities to Go Beyond Tales of Woe

By Sana Farhat


This project is funded by the European Union