The growing controversy over immigrants trying to get into Britain through the Channel Tunnel dominated the front pages of many of the UK's national newspapers - some of which characterised them as "undeserving leeches", a "security menace", an "existential threat to national values".

The story is also making headlines in Greece, Italy and Germany, as they all deal with an influx of immigrants making the journey from countries - cash-strapped, or war-torn - like Syria, Chad, Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea.

But while mainstream news tends to concentrate on the economic impact of immigration on the societies affected, often, the disproportionate way the stories are covered, given the number of immigrants involved, often says more about the political agendas of the news outlets doing the reporting than they do about the story that needs to be told.

And given the current political climate in Europe, the rise of right wing, anti-immigrant parties across the continent - Britain's UKIP, Golden Dawn in Greece, the National Front in France - this is a story that needs to be contextualised, its terminology analysed, its numbers examined, its premises exposed. 

Talking us through the story is writer and broadcaster Richard Seymour; Arun Kundani, the author of The End of Tolerance; Jonathan Portes, an Economist journalist; and Fatima Manji, a reporter with Channel 4 News in the UK.

Source: Al Jazeera