B and S. Karakayali (2017) The volatility of the discourse on refugees in Germany, Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies

Bastian VollmerBastian  Vollmer


The anti-immigration continuum of public attitude-mediapolitics has undergone changes in the course of the “refugee crisis” in Germany. By examining migrant representations and discursive events taking place in 2015 and early 2016, we will show the volatility of the recent discourse on refugees. A historical/critical discourse analysis will show how new topoi arose and old topoi of the security/power paradigm have lastly reconquered the discourse. Using newspaper coverage, we discuss discursive events in three main sections: borders, arrival, and presence. Discursive shifts have taken place that have had an impact on the configuration of migration categories such as migrants or refugees.

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