Due to disinformation, a majority of Europeans believe that the migrant population in the EU is 16% when it is actually less than HALF that number! It’s just 7%. Disinformation distorts perceptions and shapes political discourse. It taps into people’s worries, amplifying them. Manipulated statistics, out-of-context information, and false claims about migrants and refugees are particularly pervasive.
Disinformation about migration is everywhere. What can the EU do about it?
To make people more resilient against fake news about migration, the EU needs to switch from a reactive to a pro-active approach; from a debunking method to “pre-bunking” one centred around foresight and media and information literacy.
This video summarizes the results of a research project conducted by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the European Policy Centre (EPC) and presents concrete policy proposals to create the conditions for a more balanced and informed debate about migration.