Germany has received international attention when it comes to migration ever since the country’s acceptance of over one million asylum-seekers in 2015. At the eve of the European Elections, while Right-wing populist and nationalist parties were expected to gain ground, MEDIENDIENST INTEGRATION asked: What significance does Germany’s migration policy have within other countries in Europe and how is it reported on and perceived by the public? Adéla Jurečková (Director of the Migration Awareness Program, People in Need Czech Republic), Dr. Myria Georgiou (Professor of Media and Communications, London School of Economics ) and Dr. Bernd Parusel (Expert for the Swedish National Contact Point of the European Migration Network (EMN) at the Swedish Migration Agency) tried to answer telling what is happening in Czech Republic, Greece, United Kingdom and Sweden.
Unsurprisingly Germany’s migration policy’s narration seems to be shaped on local dominant politics discourse. In Czech Republic for example, a large part of the press select and stress German news on terrorism and crimes committed by migrants to create a sort of warning about what happens to those countries that have more permissive migration policies. In Greece, public opinion seems to be interested above all in the bond that these policies have with the migrants waiting in the Hellenic territory.
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