Tuned in? How people with a migration background in Germany use and trust the media

Policy Brief | August 2021

A great deal of interest is being shown in the media usage of people with a migration background, as it raises the question of whether the mass media play a role in migrants’ integration processes and, if so, what role. Sufficiently differentiated data required for a scientific analysis of this issue are as yet unavailable, though. This fact led the Expert Council on Integration and Migration (SVR) to incorporate various questions concerning media use and trust in media in the questionnaire for its 2020 Integration Barometer. In addition to traditional media such as (online) newspapers and magazines and (online) TV, they included questions relating to social media consumption. This Policy Brief by the SVR’s scientific staff analyses the data collected and presents a number of new findings on migrants’ use of and trust in media.