Migration Narratives: Visual Representations, Emotions, and Socioeconomic Contexts

The identities of migrants and locals are shaped by the language used in media and politics. Narratives on migration influence how locals view migrants and how they perceive migration’s impact on themselves. Terms like “expat,” “migrant,” and “refugee” carry different connotations and stereotypes, influencing perceptions and identities. Media can exacerbate these stereotypes by disproportionately linking migration to asylum seekers and emphasizing risks, often focusing on negative emotions and specific demographic groups. However, the portrayal of migration can differ by country and socioeconomic context. Access to resources, measured in terms of inequality and GDP, plays a key role. Data shows a link between resource availability and the emotional tone of portrayals. Perceived competition for resources often leads to negative depictions of migrants. The effects of media portrayals and societal narratives can shape identities and perceptions in the context of migration. This talk explores how narratives in media regarding migration in several countries can be studied using AI.

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