Numbers, narratives, neither, both? How different kinds of message evidence impact public perceptions about immigration in Great Britain

Researcher Training

This seminar series is organised as part of the REMINDER project, funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 Programme, which explores the economic and social impacts of migration and political and media narratives about it. For more information about the seminars or to make an appointment with a speaker please contact Esther Arenas-Arroyo (esther.arenas-arroyo@compas.ox.ac.uk) or Carlos Vargas-Silva (carlos.vargas-silva@compas.ox.ac.uk).

Numbers, narratives, neither, both? How different kinds of message evidence impact public perceptions about immigration in Great Britain

William L. Allen, University of Oxford

In his study “Numbers, narratives, neither, both? How different kinds of message evidence impact public perceptions about immigration in Great Britain”, Will explores how different types of evidence influence attitudes towards immigrants. Prior research into the determinants of public opinion about immigration identifies how different kinds of threats (economic or sociocultural) influence levels of concern. Moreover, framing the issue in ways that emphasize either immigrants’ vulnerability or humanitarian needs, as opposed to criminality or illegal behavior, also impacts what people think. But less attention has been given to understanding how different types of information—the vehicles through which informational frames are often conveyed—also potentially shape what people think about immigration.

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