A significant part of the national news media is opposed to immigration and uses stereotypes, scapegoating and fear-mongering in its reporting. Some political parties and parliamentarians view being anti-immigration as a vote catching policy. These negative views of immigration and migrants permeate down to all levels of society.
We have been campaigning against the use of the word ‘illegal’ by the media and other stakeholders. The term is and has always been dehumanising and has a direct impact on the those who are labelled as such. We want the media to stop scapegoating migrants and end the use of the dehumanising term ‘illegal immigrants’. It is not only morally wrong but also factually incorrect.