Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Geography and Planning

Content Description

1 online resource (iv, 38 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Kate S. Coddington

Committee Members

David A. Lewis, Tom P. Narins


crisis, geography, Greece, migration, Immigrants, Refugees, Mass media and immigrants, Immigrants in mass media

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ABSTRACTOver the past decade, Greece’s position as a center for migration and immigration has been prominent in the spotlight of the international news media. The mainland of Greece and its islands have played an important role in human migration throughout much of human history, with ancient Greece being one of the world’s most well-known early human civilizations. Though in humanity’s ancient past, Greece served as an economic and cultural center, there is an obvious shift in Greece’s place on the international stage. There is a modern perception of Greece as an entry point, a pass-through, and as a sort of gateway into the rest of the European Union. Various wars in the region of the Mediterranean Sea caused an immense mass movement of people to Greece, with hopes of seeking refugee status or asylum in various European Union member countries. Media coverage of the Greek migration crisis, more specifically, the migrants themselves, increased dramatically during the peak of the crisis. What are the media depictions of migrants, and what do they tell us about the crisis? Who are the migrants? What implications do media depictions have for the bigger picture: Migration in general?

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