Posted on September 21, 2015

Analysis: BBC Pictures Show 53% Migrant Kids, Just 36% Men

Raheem Kassam, Breitbart, September 21, 2015

An analysis of photographs the BBC uses to illustrate Europe’s migrant crisis has revealed the publicly funded organisation is using mostly pictures of children, despite the actual number of children making the trip being suspiciously low.

The United Nations Refugee Agency reported last week there were 72 per cent men, 13 per cent women, and just 15 per cent children making the trip to Europe by sea. This was out of a total of 381,412 people, meaning that 274,616 of those making the trip were men, with just 49,583 women, and  57,211 children.

The numbers, updated for this week, claim there are now nearly 80,000 children arriving, and over 305,000 men, and just over 57,000 women.

But a Breitbart London analysis of over 200 images used by the BBC on its website shows a staggering 53 per cent of children as the focal points of images, with 36 per cent focused on the men, and just 10 per cent focused on women. By this measure, readers may assume that of the total number of sea arrivals, over 230,000 of them are children–an overestimation pushed by the BBC’s narrative of around 150,000.


The BBC also presents an underestimated image of how many men are making the trip, with its images implying just 160,000 of the migrants are men, an underestimation of around 145,000 people.