Beware of the “poverty migrant” : media discourses on EU labour migration and the welfare state in Germany and the UK
Danaj, S., & Wagner, I. (2021). Beware of the “poverty migrant” : media discourses on EU labour migration and the welfare state in Germany and the UK. Zeitschrift für Sozialreform, 67(1), 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1515/zsr-2021-0001
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This article examines the role of the media in the EU freedom of movement debate through the lens of high-circulation German and UK newspapers during the first half of 2014. It explores how the media problematised migration from Eastern European member states and its influence on national host country labour markets and welfare systems. It also analyses how different media outlets positioned themselves in relation to relevant policies or policy proposals. The findings show that most articles in our sample present low-skill, low-wage working European Union (EU) migrant class referred to as “poverty migrants” as a problem to be addressed at the policy level in contrast with the economically self-sufficient migrant with marketable skills. The article contributes to discussions on work, welfare, and mobility in the EU by cross-fertilising the literature on migration policy, freedom of movement, social rights, and the media.
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Additional information about fundingThis research was supported by the European Research Consortium [grant number TWES 263782].
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