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“THE ROCKY PATH TO THE PROMISED LAND” : How has media framing affected the portrayal of the refugee crisis in Greece

Kalafati, Eirini (2020) “THE ROCKY PATH TO THE PROMISED LAND” : How has media framing affected the portrayal of the refugee crisis in Greece.

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Abstract:The goal of this research is to investigate how the refugee crisis is framed by Greek media. Comparisons between the first and the second refugee flow in Greece are made for the first time and the trajectory of the refugee crisis is investigated. As refugee waves are trying to enter Europe continuously, the tackling of the refugee crisis is more salient than ever. Method: Using media framing the most prominent codes per year are identified and the tone of voice is revealed in relation to contents related to the refugee crisis. In order to conclude how articles have been framed a total of 240 was utilized, coded and analyzed spanning between 2015-2020. Results: The results of this research indicate that positive content codes initially prevailed, yet by 2020 negative content increased., Valence presented framed refugees in a negative light at times and thus promoting a negative general sentiment towards refugees. Moreover, fluctuations were observed while comparing different years with 2020 marking the most notable. Conclusions: Though the beginning of the refugee crisis was met with positivity and sensitization, by 2020 the sentiment is turning towards negative. It was proven that refugees were not framed in a negative light, however, the manner in which information is presented and Europe’s closed borders is painting an unfavourable image towards refugees.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies BSc (56615)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81618
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