Framing of migration in the media (2014)
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In the Netherlands, the issue of immigration is heavily contested in the public arena. In the public-political debate different actors use different images - also called frames - to portray immigrants. The Dutch authorities are interested in this public debate about immigration, and are currently in the process of developing a more pro-active communication strategy. One of the aims of the Dutch Directorate of Immigration Affairs is trying to create a more evidence-based debate about immigration and asylum. It would be worthwhile to learn from other Member States how they deal with the public opinion when an issue relating to immigration appears in the media. In addition, information about the relevant actors and the image of the national immigration authorities in the territories of the various member states is wanted.
The questions asked concerned the image about their operations that national immigration authorities are trying to communicate, misunderstandings that they would like to clarify, the most active actors in the public debate on migration and asylum, policies designed to strengthen public support for the immigration policies, research concerning the ‘framing om immigration in the media’, the public image of the immigration authorities existing among the public, the type of social media that are used by the government to inform citizens about immigration and asylum policies and practices