COMPAS Briefing on how UK press portrayed Bulgarians and Romanians

COMPAS Breakfast Briefing on how the UK national press portrayed Bulgarians and Romanians prior to the lifting of transitional controls will be held on 17th October 2014.

The event will take place at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, 48 Charles Street, London W1J 5EN, from 8:30 to 9:45.

Transitional controls placed on Bulgarians and Romanians wanting to work in the UK were lifted on 1st January 2014.

From 1st December 2012 to 1st December 2013, arguably a crucial time in the run-up to this important change, UK national newspapers discussed the potential magnitude, impacts, and composition of migrants from these countries. But how did the British national press portray these groups? What kinds of issues were raised in relation to people from these countries?
This briefing will explore these questions using new research from The Migration Observatory, Bulgarians and Romanians in the British National Press: 1 December 2012 – 1 December 2013.

Analysing the language used by different sections of the UK national press (tabloids and broadsheets) to describe Bulgarians and Romanians over an entire year reveals clear differences in the kinds of words used to refer to each group. Furthermore, it uncovers a range of numerical figures referring to anticipated numbers of migrants that circulated in the press, despite a continuing lack of official data.

William Allen, Migration Observatory, COMPAS, University of Oxford, will be the speaker.

RSVP: If you would like to attend the October Breakfast Briefing please email [email protected] Please note that spaces are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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