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Mediation of Migration (completed)

By exploring the prosesses that lead to news on migration and identifying their impacts, we examined if and how a media logic sets the terms for communication practises and decision making.

Five people in front of a yellow wall.

Project members, from left: Øyvind Ihlen, Tine Ustad Figenschou, Kjersti Thorbjørnsrud, Audun Beyer and Anna Grøndahl Larsen

Photo: Eirin Cathrine Lade, UiO

About the project

Mediation of Migration mapped news on migration. We explored their typical form and content, how they are produced and what impacts they have on public opinion and politics.

We further compared the Norwegian coverage of immigration with corresponding news in France and USA. The comparative part of the study provides a contrasting background for the Norwegian case, allowing a grasp both of the particular and the typical traits of the Norwegian mediated debate.

Finally we examined the role of the news media in the loops of information between Diasporas in Norway and networks in sending countries of migrants, adding to the knowledge of migration flows and the globalization of information.


Our primary objective was to provide knowledge on how the logics of the media affect Norwegian immigration policy, administrative practices and public opinion.


Mediation of Migration was an interdisciplinary and international project based at The Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo.


The project was funded by The Norwegian Research Council.


A pilot project started in January 2010. The main project: February 2011 to January 2014.

Published Oct. 27, 2020 10:45 AM - Last modified Nov. 26, 2020 3:33 PM


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