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EU Migration Policy Changes in Times of Crisis: Discourses surrounding EU migration policies during the 'refugee crisis' - A discursive institutionalist analysis
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS).
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis examines the migration policy changes that were adopted by the European Union during the so called ‘refugee crisis’ 2014-2016 and problematises the discourses that were deployed by EU policy makers. It builds the method and theoretical framework around Vivien Schmidt’s discursive institutionalism, and complements it with constructivist conceptual theories around discourses that are identified through the researched empirical material. The primary material is to a large extent based upon official documents from the EU such as regulations and communications, but also includes speeches from officials such as Jean Claude Juncker (President of the Commission), Donald Tusk (President of the Council) and Martin Schulz (President of the European Parliament). The findings are comprised of discourses that can all be connected to the EU imaginary. The thesis also concludes that there has been a continuation of the securitisation of migration during the ‘refugee crisis’ as well as a normalisation of this discourse. In regards to the communicative and coordinative skills of the EU actors, it becomes clear that the former still is problematic, whilst the coordinative discourses have increased the cooperation within the EU institutions during the time period studied.

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Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle , 2017. , p. 77
Keywords [sv]
European Union, Discursive Institutionalism, Refugee, Migration, Crisis, Crisification of Migration, Migration Policies, Securitisation of Migration, Solidarity, EU imaginary
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-21869Local ID: 23172OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-21869DiVA, id: diva2:1481777
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KS GPS International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Available from: 2020-10-27 Created: 2020-10-27 Last updated: 2022-06-27Bibliographically approved

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