Recent events have shown that migrants and refugees have become
electoral issues for certain political parties, thus helping to
intensify manifestations of xenophobia.
These negative reactions, which are linked up to a number
of factors such as the feeling of losing control of migration, the
fear of differences and the economic crisis, are also picked up
by the media, the Internet and social networks, in the way they
portray migrants and their descendants.
This report recommends, inter alia,
establishing a policy of communicating on the reality of migration
flows, promoting open and responsible political debates, encouraging
the media to use more balanced and fair formulations, and developing
and reinforcing the role of electoral commissions so that they can
sanction political leaders if they behave inappropriately before
or during elections.