From Pity to Control

Regulated Humanitarianism in German Media Coverage of Refugees and Asylum

Authored by: Elke Grittmann

The Routledge Companion To Media and Humanitarian Action

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138688575
eBook ISBN: 9781315538129
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This article explores the German media coverage and humanitarian framing of the conditions of Syrian refugees in 2014. Since the onset of Syria’s uprising in March 2011, which turned into a civil war in July 2011, it is estimated that a total of 4.8 million Syrians havefled ongoing violence in their country, and more than one million have sought asylum in Europe and Germany (UNHCR 2016). In mid 2014, the scale of the humanitarian crisis became obvious when the UNHCR recognized that Syrian refugees constitute the largest number of refugees worldwide.

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