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Populist Framing of Immigrants in Dutch Policymaking: A Discourse-Historical Analysis

Qurbanzada, S. (2023) Populist Framing of Immigrants in Dutch Policymaking: A Discourse-Historical Analysis.

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Abstract:Since the arrival of the first immigrants in the 1960s, the Netherlands has witnessed contentious discourses on immigrants and minorities. This involved new ways of discussing immigrant and minority issues in integration policies. With the rise of anti-migrant populism since the 1980s, immigrant and minority discourse has become more populistic. Scholars have noted the shift from a positive discourse on immigrants to a more negative discourse. Given the upsurge of populism and the continued increase of immigrants, the question arises in what particular ways the populist framing of immigrants and minorities has changed from 1960 until 2022. This thesis reveals the populist frameshifts over time, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s, where the framing of immigrants as a threat gained ground. The changing events surrounding Islam particularly since the Islamic Revolution in Iran (1978-1979) and the Rushdie Affair in 1988, have contributed to the transformation of Islam's image in the West from a passive to an aggressive culture. Finally, the recent decade illustrates the need to protect Dutch culture and identity from immigration, with policymakers emphasising the diminishing acceptability of immigrants and the necessity for additional limitations and border control for refugees.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
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