Changing Images of Migrants and Crime in Romanian Mass Media

  • Ecaterina Balica
  • Valentina Marinescu


The article intends to answer to the questions related to the way in which Romanian online media covered the subject of the Romanian emigrants in the context of the massive flow of refugees in the European Union. The main research method is content analysis applied on a sample of articles published in the timeframe June 1, 2015–October 1, 2016.

The analysis shows that journalists had strong interest in associating emigrants to acts of violence committed by them or against them. When journalists presented cases of violence committed by emigrants, they used criteria similar to the ones committed by non-migrants. In other words, journalists brought to the public’s attention severe acts of violence (murders and rapes) whose victims were women, elderly people and children, in particular.


Media coverage Migration Violence Romanian emigrants European Union 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ecaterina Balica
    • 1
  • Valentina Marinescu
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory ‘Violence and Crime. Prevention and Mediation’Institute of Sociology – Romanian AcademyBucharestRomania
  2. 2.Faculty of Sociology and Social WorkUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania

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