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Justifying measures: Security and humanitarianism in migration policy. A critical discourse analysis of the 2016 EU-Turkey statement

Gannfelt, Johanna LU (2017) STVK12 20162
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Ever since the end of the Cold war, there has been a change in what is considered a security threat. A discourse of security is traditionally linked to military threats; however, it has become more and more visible in migration policies. In the past ten years, a discourse of humanitarianism has also gained momentum and is often used in connection to a security discourse. In this thesis, I have examined how the EU uses these discourses in the 2016 EU-Turkey statement, which was implemented as a response to the occurring refugee crisis. I have, through Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis, analysed five policy documents surrounding the statement. This thesis goes on to show that the EU uses a discourse of security and a discourse... (More)
Ever since the end of the Cold war, there has been a change in what is considered a security threat. A discourse of security is traditionally linked to military threats; however, it has become more and more visible in migration policies. In the past ten years, a discourse of humanitarianism has also gained momentum and is often used in connection to a security discourse. In this thesis, I have examined how the EU uses these discourses in the 2016 EU-Turkey statement, which was implemented as a response to the occurring refugee crisis. I have, through Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis, analysed five policy documents surrounding the statement. This thesis goes on to show that the EU uses a discourse of security and a discourse of humanitarianism strategically to justify the measures taken against irregular migrants; and concludes by discussing what consequences this might have on irregular migration and migrants over all. (Less)
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Gannfelt, Johanna LU
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STVK12 20162
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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EU, EU-Turkey statement, Security, Humanitarianism, Critical discourse analysis
language
English
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8897287
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2017-02-08 16:09:17
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  abstract     = {Ever since the end of the Cold war, there has been a change in what is considered a security threat. A discourse of security is traditionally linked to military threats; however, it has become more and more visible in migration policies. In the past ten years, a discourse of humanitarianism has also gained momentum and is often used in connection to a security discourse. In this thesis, I have examined how the EU uses these discourses in the 2016 EU-Turkey statement, which was implemented as a response to the occurring refugee crisis. I have, through Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis, analysed five policy documents surrounding the statement. This thesis goes on to show that the EU uses a discourse of security and a discourse of humanitarianism strategically to justify the measures taken against irregular migrants; and concludes by discussing what consequences this might have on irregular migration and migrants over all.},
  author       = {Gannfelt, Johanna},
  keyword      = {EU,EU-Turkey statement,Security,Humanitarianism,Critical discourse analysis},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Justifying measures: Security and humanitarianism in migration policy. A critical discourse analysis of the 2016 EU-Turkey statement},
  year         = {2017},
}