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Reconstructing the EU Discourse on Migration: A Cosmopolitan Perspective

Naous, A. (2016) Reconstructing the EU Discourse on Migration: A Cosmopolitan Perspective.

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Abstract:This paper aims to analyse the ideological position in political speeches of the European Commission towards the migrant and the refugee within the context of the ongoing ‘refugee crisis’ in Europe. As a consequence of the recent influx of migrants in Europe and following chaotic events, the unknown and unfamiliar forms a sort of risk and unease, in our human nature, for the peoples of Europe and the leaders of the Member States alike. For that reason, leaders of the Member States can take advantage of that fact and exploit those fears and anxieties of their audience for the purpose of their, often nationalist and populist, agendas. Accordingly, the question arises whether the Commission’s ideological position nourishes that sort of exploitation, or expresses a rather cosmopolitan attitude towards migrants that puts their audience’s fears at ease instead of fuelling them. The latter was found as was expected while answering the main research question of this paper, which is To what extent is the migrant, in the European Commission speeches within the context of the ‘refugee crisis’ in the time frame of 2014 until 2016, being addressed in accordance with cosmopolitan values?
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 71 sociology, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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