The Role of Locally-produced Foreign-language Media in the Migration Experiences of Lifestyle Migrants in the Algarve

Kate Torkington (1), Filipa Perdigão Ribeiro (2), Laura López Romero (3)
(1) School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism & CiTUR, Universidade do Algarve, ESGHT, Campus da Penha, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal, Portugal,
(2) School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism & CiTUR, Universidade do Algarve, ESGHT, Campus da Penha, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal, Portugal,
(3) Departamento de Periodismo, Facultad de Ciencias de la Comunicación, Universidad de Málaga, Spain, Spain

Abstract

This study explores the relationships of northern Europeans living in the Algarve (Portugal) with locally-produced foreign-language media. For such “lifestyle” migrants, these media play an active role in their migration and post-migration experiences. Besides their functional role, they may also contribute to community-making processes. Findings from a survey and focus groups indicate that respondents are familiar with these media, using them as sources of information regarding local news, events, and services. However, the findings also reveal ambivalence about the extent to which these media are useful in providing cultural understanding as aid to intercultural communication or to feeling integrated in local society.

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Authors

Kate Torkington
(Primary Contact)
Filipa Perdigão Ribeiro
Laura López Romero
Author Biographies

Kate Torkington, School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism & CiTUR, Universidade do Algarve, ESGHT, Campus da Penha, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal

Kate Torkington, PhD (applied linguistics, Lancaster University, UK), is professora adjunta at the School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism, University of the Algarve, Portugal. Her recent research has focused on the discursive practices surrounding migration, including lifestyle migration, as well as place identity and modes of belonging. She is currently a researcher at CiTUR: the Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation (Portugal), focusing on media representations of tourism as well as discourses of sustainability. ORCID ID 0000-0001-9729-7872

Filipa Perdigão Ribeiro, School of Management, Hospitality and Tourism & CiTUR, Universidade do Algarve, ESGHT, Campus da Penha, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal

Filipa Perdigão Ribeiro is professora adjunta at the University of the Algarve, School of Management, Tourism and Hospitality, Portugal. She holds a PhD in applied linguistics from Lancaster University, UK. Her current research interests focus on links between languages, discourse and tourism in their multiple facets as well as migration and media. She is a researcher at CiTUR: the Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation (Portugal). ORCID ID 0000-0003-3267-7166

Laura López Romero, Departamento de Periodismo, Facultad de Ciencias de la Comunicación, Universidad de Málaga, Spain

Laura López Romero holds a PhD in journalism and is assistant professor in the Faculty of Communication Sciences at the University of Málaga, Spain, where she is academic coordinator of the journalism degree. Her research focuses on the history of journalism in Spain and on media literacy. She is the author of several books and articles in these areas and is a member of national and international research projects. She is a member of the Transfopress international network. ORCID ID 0000-0003-2255-2933

Torkington, K., Ribeiro, F. P., & Romero, L. L. (2020). The Role of Locally-produced Foreign-language Media in the Migration Experiences of Lifestyle Migrants in the Algarve. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 20(3), 59–73. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v20i3.312

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