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Securitization of Transit Forced Migrants: An Analysis of the Changing Representations of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Indonesian Major Print Media

Lee, Antony LU (2015) SIMV07 20151
Department of Political Science
Master of Science in Global Studies
Graduate School
Abstract
This thesis aims to explain how and why the representations of transit forced migrants in Indonesian major print media were vastly different within two time spans: (1) during the arrivals of the Indochinese refugees in 1975-1996 and (2) in the period of the new generations of refugees from Middle Eastern and South Asian countries in 1997-2013. Employing media content analysis of 216 news articles from three major print media in Indonesia, this study found out that the Indochinese refugees were portrayed with positive labels and thus, mainly discussed in connection with the non-security theme. In contrast, the new generations of forced migrants were portrayed with negative labels such as ‘illegal immigrants’ and were framed as security... (More)
This thesis aims to explain how and why the representations of transit forced migrants in Indonesian major print media were vastly different within two time spans: (1) during the arrivals of the Indochinese refugees in 1975-1996 and (2) in the period of the new generations of refugees from Middle Eastern and South Asian countries in 1997-2013. Employing media content analysis of 216 news articles from three major print media in Indonesia, this study found out that the Indochinese refugees were portrayed with positive labels and thus, mainly discussed in connection with the non-security theme. In contrast, the new generations of forced migrants were portrayed with negative labels such as ‘illegal immigrants’ and were framed as security threats. Grounded within Securitization Theory, this thesis thus argues that the changing representations were caused by the securitizing move made by specialized agencies in Indonesia. Additionally, this study took one further step by questioning: why were the Indochinese refugees not securitized? And why were the new generations of refugees securitized? To provide answers for these questions, this thesis employs theoretical thematic analysis concentrating on subconscious drivers and cost-benefit calculations that lead to the actors’ decision to securitize or not to securitize the forced migrants. (Less)
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author
Lee, Antony LU
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SIMV07 20151
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
transit forced migrants, refugees, asylum seekers, media representations, Securitization Theory, Indonesia
language
English
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5469558
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2015-06-16 08:54:47
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  abstract     = {This thesis aims to explain how and why the representations of transit forced migrants in Indonesian major print media were vastly different within two time spans: (1) during the arrivals of the Indochinese refugees in 1975-1996 and (2) in the period of the new generations of refugees from Middle Eastern and South Asian countries in 1997-2013. Employing media content analysis of 216 news articles from three major print media in Indonesia, this study found out that the Indochinese refugees were portrayed with positive labels and thus, mainly discussed in connection with the non-security theme. In contrast, the new generations of forced migrants were portrayed with negative labels such as ‘illegal immigrants’ and were framed as security threats. Grounded within Securitization Theory, this thesis thus argues that the changing representations were caused by the securitizing move made by specialized agencies in Indonesia. Additionally, this study took one further step by questioning: why were the Indochinese refugees not securitized? And why were the new generations of refugees securitized? To provide answers for these questions, this thesis employs theoretical thematic analysis concentrating on subconscious drivers and cost-benefit calculations that lead to the actors’ decision to securitize or not to securitize the forced migrants.},
  author       = {Lee, Antony},
  keyword      = {transit forced migrants,refugees,asylum seekers,media representations,Securitization Theory,Indonesia},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Securitization of Transit Forced Migrants: An Analysis of the Changing Representations of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Indonesian Major Print Media},
  year         = {2015},
}