Both and ‘economic migrants’, since the migrants could be

articles use the verb ‘control’ very often because controlling the mass
migration is the core information of these articles. Moreover, they frequently
mention that there must be a clear distinction between ‘refugees’ and ‘economic
migrants’, since the migrants could be followers of the Islamic state ‘ISIS’.

The study of media discourses of refugees and asylum seekers presents that
these groups are repeatedly dehumanized through homogenizing discourses and
depicted as a menace to the host societies (Greenbank, 2017).1
I discovered that the British media mostly uses negative and provocative
language and concepts, such as ‘risk’, ‘must control’ as well as the concept of
linking migrants to ISIS. This exaggerated representation of asylum seekers and
refugees creates a strong negative light on these groups.

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analyzing the Corpus, I found that the concepts of asylum seekers and refugees
are often associated with violence and crime. Analyzing collocates and
co-occurrences of the concerning keywords allows us to identify the different forms
of discursive representation used in news press. When typing in the keywords
‘immigrants’ or ‘refugees’, words such as ‘crime’ and ‘terror’ came up. These
words were mostly visible in the article’s headlines, for instance, as I typed
in the word ‘refugee’ in the BBC search bar, I came across an article of the 9th
of September 2015 with the headline ‘Migrant crisis: Finland’s case
against immigrants … accepting more refugees leads to more crime’. Using these
keywords right at the beginning of a sentence, makes it more difficult to
challenge them, for example, assumptions and implicit connotations made in the lecturer’s
mind. Therefore, the word ‘crime’ is regularly found in web pages’ article’s
headlines, which is installed in sentences that combine all the key words which
finally create a negative stance towards foreigners. In the selected articles,
the word ‘criminal’ is not directly used, but is implied through the structure
of the verb. This can build an illustration of the refugees and migrants as a
possible menace to a society. The language is often discriminatory and falsified,
which strengthens the negative content even more. Throughout the Corpus, the
status of refugees remains strongly associated with criminality and ‘immigrants’
were steadily collocated with ‘illegal’, neglecting the prepositions and
determiners. There are hardly any positive discursively representations of
migrants. Returning to the two chosen BBC articles, I found that both rely on a
considerable discursive repertoire when representing refugees and immigrants. The
predominant repertoire used was that of the ‘threatening criminal’, which was realized
by using metaphors of ‘economic migrants’ and ‘putting the jihadist on European


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