How do media portray immigrants and refugees?
How does media content about immigration affect intergroup relationships between the majority and immigrants?

We are a highly qualified team of university professors and researchers from the School of Journalism and Mass Communications of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Our current research project “Effects of Media Representations of the Immigrant and Refugee Crisis on Intergroup Perceptions and Attitudes between Greeks and Immigrants” (MediaRefugees) is co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Social Fund – ESF) within the framework of the Operational Programme Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning 2014-2020 under the theme “Support of Researchers with an Emphasis in Young Researchers”.

The overall objective of this project is to explore the effects of media representations of immigration and asylum issues on intergroup perceptions and attitudes between Greeks and immigrants/refugees. This general objective is answered, in a step by step process, by addressing three specific goals; (i) understanding up-to-date media representations of immigration and asylum issues, (ii) exploring how exposure of the social majority (Greek people) to news about immigration and asylum issues affects stereotypes and prejudice towards immigrants and refugees and (iii) examining how media messages about immigration affect perceptions and emotions of refugees and immigrants themselves, for their self- and collective identity and towards the social majority.

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