Making the Headlines: EU Immigration to the UK and the Wave of New Racism After Brexit

  • Bianca Fox


This chapter explores the immigration-related topics in the news media during the EU referendum campaign in the UK (April–June 2016) and after (July–September 2016). The chapter argues that attitudes anti-EU immigration are a wave of “new(s)” racism (van Dijk 2000) in the UK and EU immigration is frequently used as an umbrella term for Eastern European immigration being often mixed with non-EU immigration and the refugee crisis. The data shows that the prevalence of negative news stories has led to a distinctive immigration-narrative, confirming the claim of Hoffner and Cohen (2013) that members of minority groups are almost always associated with violent and threatening media content.


EU referendum Immigrants Media Racism 


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  • Bianca Fox
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  1. 1.Faculty of Arts, School of MediaUniversity of WolverhamptonWolverhamptonUK

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