English title: The identification of immigration issues through the use of event data

Author(s): Theoni Stathopoulou -

Language: English

Type: Conference paper/poster

Year: 2007

Abstract

The basic aim of this analysis is to explore the extent to which immigration and minority issues concern EU countries, that participated in the European Social Survey, through the utilisation of event data (Rounds 2 and 3). A fundamental premise for our analysis is that the degree to which such events become important is illustrated by the degree to which the Mass Media present them. More specifically, this analysis focuses on the following questions: 1. To what extent do participating countries address immigration and/or minority issues? 2. Do some countries regularly address issues of immigration policy and/or minorities more often than others? 3. Is it possible that participating countries address immigration policy issues only as a result of the occurrence of important immigration events? 4. Do immigration issues within one country also affect neighbouring countries? 5. What were the most important immigration and/or minority issues that concerned EU participating countries for the period covered by Rounds 2 and 3 of ESS event data collection? How long did they last? In which countries did events occur, which countries appear to have been affected and how soon after the event? We will attempt to provide answers to the above questions through the use of appropriate methods of textual analysis.

Conference name: Second conference of the European Survey Research Association

Location: Prague

Start date: Jun 25, 2007

Type: Paper