Diversity in Western Countries: Journalism Culture, Migration Integration Policy and Public Opinion

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Diversity in Western Countries: Journalism Culture, Migration Integration Policy and Public Opinion


  • Stefan Mertens Institute for Media Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Olivier Standaert Louvain School of Journalism, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • Leen d'Haenens Institute for Media Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Rozane De Cock Institute for Media Studies, KU Leuven, Belgium


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Abstract:  Earlier research has shown that public opinion and policy lines on the topic of immigrant integration are interrelated. This article investigates a sample of 24 countries for which data are available in the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX), the World Values Survey (WVS), as well as in the Worlds of Journalism Study (WJS). To our knowledge, this is the first time that these data are connected to one another to study journalists’ views on their role to promote tolerance and cultural diversity in societies with diverging immigration policies. The WJS presents an analysis of the role conceptions of professional journalists throughout the world, including a variable measuring the extent to which journalists conceive promoting tolerance and cultural diversity as one of their tasks. Our findings show that journalists (as measured in the WJS) mostly tend to promote tolerance and cultural diversity in countries with more restrictive immigration policies (measured by MIPEX) and less emancipative values (measured by the WVS) Promoting tolerance and cultural diversity is associated with a so-called interventionist approach in journalism culture. Furthermore, we used cluster analyses to attribute the countries under study to meaningful, separate groups. More precisely, we discriminate four clusters of the press among the 24 countries under investigation.

Keywords:  cultural diversity; immigration; integration policy; journalism culture; public opinion; tolerance

Published:   5 February 2019


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v7i1.1632


© Stefan Mertens, Oivier Standaert, Leen d'Haenens, Rozane De Cock. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits any use, distribution, and reproduction of the work without further permission provided the original author(s) and source are credited.