Over 900 articles were analysed.
Over 900 articles were analysed. Credit: Viveca Bladh/SR.

Study: Newspapers mostly negative on migration

Between 2010 and 2015, there were more negative portrayals of immigration than positive ones in major Swedish newspapers, according to a new study by the Delegation for Migration Studies.

Researchers Jesper Strömbäck, Evelina Nedlund, and Felicia Andersson did a quantitative analysis of 968 articles from January 2010 to June 2015 published in the most-read Swedish newspapers: Aftonbladet, Dagens Nyheter, Expressen, and Svenska Dagbladet.

The findings showed that during that time there were more stories focusing on negative images of immigration compared to stories on a positive aspect.

The three most common stories on immigration discussed how immigration weakens social coehesion, how immigration results in more crime, and how it weakens Sweden’s economy.

The fourth most common type of story was on how immigration contributes positively to the labour market.

Researcher Jesper Stömbäck wrote in a Dagens Nyheter op-ed that it is common that the media covers negative news more than positive news, regardless of the subject.

“That negative news has a greater news value than positive news is a known phenomenon, and it is by no means unique to news journalism on immigration,” he said.


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