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Double Standards or Equal Treatment? : The Framing of Refugees in German Newspapers

Jäger, Sören (2022) Double Standards or Equal Treatment? : The Framing of Refugees in German Newspapers.

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Abstract:The following thesis discusses the differences in the framing of the 2022 Ukrainian refugee movements and the 2015 Syrian movements. Migration is not only a main topic which policy makers and governance stakeholders have to deal with but is further prevalent in public discourse. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the Ukrainian refugees could legally cross the European borders without any registration and application for visa or asylum. Seven years before, the situation was different. Popular media plays a major role in agenda setting and forming the public discourse, which is why this thesis aims to answer the research question by analyzing the frames German newspapers used for both events. This will be done with the help of a content analysis as well as of a framing analysis. Articles of four different German newspapers, which are selected by circulation and ideological stance, serve as data for the analysis. The research reveals that the framing of the Ukrainian refugees in 2022 is done more positively than for the Syrian refugees in 2015. Further, a different use of words to support the framing has been worked out. The findings disclose, that there is a double standard applied in covering different refugee groups.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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