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<ul><li><p>Dr Otilia May 2016Can you still hear the heart of the world beating?On Immigrants and Immigration in UK Mainstream Media Representations</p></li><li><p>UK Public Opinion Toward Immigration: Attitudes and Level of Concern (20 August 2015)</p><p>Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford</p><p>impartial, independent, authoritative, evidence-based analysis of data on migration and migrants in the UK, to inform media, public and policy debates, and to generate high quality research on international migration and public policy issuesOverview of attitudes toward immigration in Britain</p><p>whether or not people favour or oppose immigration to the UKhow many see it as one of the most important issues facing the country</p></li><li><p>Key Point 1General reactions to immigration can be examined by using public opinion data, but such responses may be based in part upon confusion about categories of migrants both among the public and in the questions they are asked.</p></li><li><p>Issuesdifferent ideas of who immigrants aredata from polls and surveys of representative samples of the adults in Great Britain or the UKthe British Social Attitudes by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen)</p></li><li><p>Key Point 2Immigration is currently highly salient and in recent years has consistently ranked in the top five most important issues as selected by the British public</p></li><li><p>Issues</p></li><li><p>Key Point 3Approximately three quarters of people in Britain currently favour reducing immigration</p></li><li><p>Issues</p></li><li><p>Research HypothesesH1Confusing terminologyH2 Immigration one of the most important frequently named issuesH3 High levels of opposition to immigration</p></li><li><p>CorpusBBC news online, The Independent, the Telegraph, the Independent, The Guardian37 articles dating January through May 2016WC = 25293 tokensControl corpus: New York Times editorials collected in April 2016WC = 5131 tokens</p></li><li><p>H1 Confusing terminologyA note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants</p></li><li><p>What do dictionaries say?[Oxford] IMMIGRANT A person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country: they found it difficult to expel illegal immigrants [as modifier]: immigrant workers an immigrant villageMIGRANT A person who moves from one place to another in order to find work or better living conditions[Webster] IMMIGRANT a person who comes to a country to live thereMIGRANT a person who goes from one place to another especially to find work</p></li><li><p>Corpus-based evidencePre-2000s immigrant, immigrationPost-2000smigrant, migration</p></li><li><p>H2 Immigration as news priority in the UKConfirmed in the collection of data from UK MSM media1-2 articles per day, in particular starting April 2016</p></li><li><p>H3 High levels of opposition to immigration</p></li><li><p>ResultsHigher score in MS correlate with negative news on migrants and migration The higher the score in Migration Scare the more salient the issue in the public eyeLinguistic patterns of opposition</p></li><li><p>Take me homeAll articles, migration-related, scored high in migration scareFundamental mass communication theories (agenda-setting theories; cultivation theories)Bottom-up approach to explain high levels of opposition to immigration in UK MSM</p></li></ul>