Desecuritizing the Refugee Crisis in Denmark: The case of the Human(itarian) Traffickers

Markos Kokkinidis, Sebastian Rosenkrands Falkesen, Christine Borgvold Naaby Hansen & Ioanna Georgiadi

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This study investigates the phenomenon of the ‘humanitarian traffickers’ as established through the Danish State’s prosecution of some hundred Danish citizens for providing humanitarian assistance to refugees and asylum-seekers in the Autumn 2015. The main theoretical concept employed in this study is that of the Copenhagen School’s Securitization Theory, with particular focus on securitization’s binary opposite, Desecuritization. Through the employment of the methodological approach of Discourse Analysis, as presented by Laclau and Mouffe, the discursive acts of the humanitarian traffickers are investigated, with the overall aim of this study being an attempt at conceptualizing the efforts of the humanitarian traffickers as desecuritization efforts. An examination of various approaches to desecuritization is conducted, and furthermore, in the identification of more than one referent object in the desecuritizing process this study conceptualizes a ‘two-fold’ model of desecuritization. The overall conclusions drawn from this research find that the coupling of different aspects of the reconstructivist and emancipatory approach to desecuritization hold the greatest applicability in the conceptualization of these efforts as desecuritization moves.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato20 dec. 2016
Antal sider67
VejledereLars Axel Petersen