OPINION

News media and migration

The VPRC survey on migration in Greece which was made public yesterday reveals a society that is tolerant but also confused about this very significant and relatively new trend. An overwhelming 88 percent of Greeks said that they do not see migrants as a problem, nor do they mind living or working next to them. On the other hand, the poll found that although 88 percent feel that foreigners do jobs that are rejected by Greeks, 56 percent still blame migrants for the country’s unemployment. The confusion seems to be a result of the fragmented and unsubstantiated information provided by Greece’s influential news media. Despite the misinformation coming from the press and television, Greece is still far from being described as an intolerant county. Nevertheless, the media seems to be responsible for much of the popular disillusionment with politics. Asked which party is best suited to tackle the challenge of migration, most Greeks said «none.»