The paper moves from the assumption that speeches produced by the mainstream media in our country on immigration and immigrants fall into the same emergency-like and self-pitying frame of the humanitarian crises narratives: the "distant human suffering" representation moves from the subject of the humanitarian aid context and philanthropy, to the context of national security and public order. Immigrants, asylum seekers, refugees are systematically represented as victims or as a threat to the security of longer established populations: They are systematically portrayed as victims to be helped in their coun- tries of origins or perpetrators of crime when they cross our border. Very seldom they appear as actors of positive social change and development. The hypothesis is supported through the reference to the literature on these topics and to some empirical evidence.
Keywords: Humanitarian narratives, distant human suffering, labelling, representation, recognition