Task 1B: The Refugee Crisis in English-language media

Task 1B asks you to comment on the way English-language media can influence the way in which the public responds to the refugee crisis. 

First of all, it is important to understand the context of the refugee crisis, which began in 2015. That year, a great number of migrants came from Syria, Afghanistan or Iraq and took shelter in Europe, in search of asylum and protection from the horrors of war. Their native lands were a war zone and became uninhabitable. Many migrants turned to Europe in search for asylum, but also for several advantages they thought they would have in certain countries. This is why Germany and France were the preferred destinations of migrants.

The arrival of the migrants in Europe was treated in different ways by the English-language media. Because of the desperation of seeking shelter and nourishment for their children, the refugees became violent and, as a consequence, the media played this card. Many times, refugees were depicted in media not as people in need of protection, but as criminals, abusers and even terrorists, who came to destroy the harmony in Europe.

The text in Task 1A is an example of the way in which the refugee crisis is treated in the English-language media.  The text was published on the website of Al Jazeera English, which is a news channel set in Qatar. The article compares and contrasts the way in which refugees are generally seen in the media with the reality: they are not criminals or terrorists; they are people who try to save themselves and their loved ones and overcome the traumas of war. The text shows the way in which refugees are generally depicted in the media:

“It is not hundreds of people who drown when a boat goes down...

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