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Legitimization on FRONTEX Operations in the Euro-African Borderlands by the Media : A Critical Media Discourse Analysis

Turkstra, L.E. (2018) Legitimization on FRONTEX Operations in the Euro-African Borderlands by the Media : A Critical Media Discourse Analysis.

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Abstract:This research has explored how the management of undocumented migration by Frontex was legitimized in the media since the refugee crisis of 2015. It has been hypothesized by means of three different hypotheses that an intensification could be observed in the rhetorics of securitization, humanitarianization and militarization after the refugee crisis, starting in 2015. After the establishment of these hypotheses, a critical media discourse analysis has been done in order to test these hypotheses. The results indicate that the management of undocumented migration by Frontex was legitimized in the media via a dramatized representation of the refugee crisis and the representation of migrants as being both ‘victims’ and ‘Others’. Moreover, an intensification in the rhetorics of securitization and humanitarianization as legitimization strategies could be observed in the press releases after the refugee crisis. This research encourages EU citizens to critically assess EU policies on migration and particularly the representation of Frontex’s border management by the media. Furthermore, the thesis advices EU policy makers to re-consider human rights in border management, since it is argued that the focus on securitization is to the detriment of human rights.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:https://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75754
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