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The migration crisis : European solidarity or national self-defence?

Dormann, J.M.C. (2016) The migration crisis : European solidarity or national self-defence?

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Abstract:This research aims at answering the following question: How can differences in European solidarity expressions, as stated publically by EU member states' heads of governments, in managing the migration crisis be explained by welfare state theories? Identifying the different expressions of European solidarity among the EU member states and the factors which determine these differences is of special relevance since the results of this study can contribute to the understanding of the current state and the future of European solidarity in managing the migration crisis. The research is conducted for four member states of the European Union: Austria, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, which represent three different welfare state regimes. The first part of the analysis consists of a content analysis of press releases and newspaper articles which state heads of governments’ expressions of European solidarity. In a second step, theories on welfare state regimes are applied in order to explain the differences in solidarity expressions. The results show that member states’ expressions of solidarity in managing the migration differ according to their welfare regimes.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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