The Representation of (Illegal) Migrants in The British News

  • Carolina Silveira


This research looks at how migration is represented in British newspapers by using multimodal critical discourse analysis (MCDA) to examine two news articles published in July/June 2015 from The Guardian and the Daily Mail. The study takes a closer look at the categories used to define immigrants, including the implicit assumption of illegality associated with ‘migrants’ crossing the Mediterranean/Calais. The analysis reveals how both news articles contribute to a similar discourse, which places the refugee at a distance and presents the UK as being threatened by a rising number of, specifically male, ‘migrants’. This article deconstructs two ideologically dissimilar news articles to reveal the manner in which they can both contribute to a negative construction of refugees and immigrants arriving in Europe.

May 24, 2016
How to Cite
Silveira, C. (2016). The Representation of (Illegal) Migrants in The British News. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, 9(4).