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Media images influence Canadians' views on refugees at border | Maureen Silcoff

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 9:29 AM | By Maureen Silcoff

Images are powerful. They shape our views. Fears of using the Brooklyn Bridge in 1884 were put to rest only after people witnessed P.T. Barnum marching a herd of elephants over it. That image quelled concerns that the suspension bridge would collapse.

In the 21st century, a world with ’round-the-clock media, have we unwittingly let images create unfounded concerns about refugees?

Based on poll results about people who cross the Canada-U.S. border irregularly, rather than at official border crossings, Canadians appear to be unaccepting of refugees....