In recent years, the issue of immigration has become increasingly salient in the UK political and media debate. Moreover, with the development and persistence of the economic and financial crisis within the EU, immigration has been linked to growing opposition and criticism towards the European Union. In a country in which Euroscepticism has historically been high compared to countries in continental Europe, EU immigration-related statements connected to EU free-border agreements became more widespread. For this reason, we expect immigration to be a prominent issue in the electoral campaign of the upcoming 2014 European Parliament elections in the media. By covering (potential) EU immigrants and EU immigration issues in a certain way, media tend to promote or restrain certain ideas of immigration, that might eventually affect public’s views. In fact, we know from previous studies that immigration, particularly in times of economic crisis, is a challenge for society that can be framed not only in positive or negative terms, but also in economic or cultural terms. By looking at the news coverage of several newspapers, selected according to their political orientations and including both broadsheets and tabloids, this study first considers the salience of coverage of EU immigrants and EU immigration issues in UK newspapers in the three months preceding the EU elections of May 2014. It further explores whether news coverage of different newspapers is framed in terms of economic (e.g. jobs) or cultural (e.g. identity) terms. In addition, we mine information from social media to discover how the immigration debate is framed by politically engaged members of the public on these platforms. Although inferring public opinion from social media can be problematic, it is a rewarding approach given the volume of public text available, and the ability to identify political affiliations through network connections. Understanding representation of immigration and its connections with public opinion is crucial not only in order to contribute to the scholarly debate on anti-immigration and Euroscepticism attitudes, but also to better inform public policy decisions.
The immigration issue in the European electoral campaign in the UK : text-mining public debate from newspapers and social media / P. Nulty, M. Poletti. ((Intervento presentato al convegno Text Mining and Public Policy tenutosi a London nel 2014.
|Titolo:||The immigration issue in the European electoral campaign in the UK : text-mining public debate from newspapers and social media|
POLETTI, MONICA (Secondo)
|Data di pubblicazione:||27-giu-2014|
|Parole Chiave:||Immigration; Text analysis; newspapers; social media|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore SPS/11 - Sociologia dei Fenomeni Politici|
Settore SPS/08 - Sociologia dei Processi Culturali e Comunicativi
|Citazione:||The immigration issue in the European electoral campaign in the UK : text-mining public debate from newspapers and social media / P. Nulty, M. Poletti. ((Intervento presentato al convegno Text Mining and Public Policy tenutosi a London nel 2014.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||14 - Intervento a convegno non pubblicato|