Immigration and a Securitized Europe

Anders Bendix Hansen, Christian Hostrup Gøtze Petersen, Usna Osmani & Asmus Sebastian Kobbernagel

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


The topic of migration on an international level serves as the main motivator in this research project. By looking at previous studies in this direction before choosing securitization theory as a critical perspective towards the European Union’s (EU) restrictive border policies towards immigration. The study into this phenomenon has significant importance in the context of the current migration crises. This research project questions how the EU’s restrictive border policies towards migration can be understood through securitization theory. This is not the first time that this theoretical lens has been applied to EU institutions. It is, however, one of the earliest studies of newer regulatory documents, issued in response to the migration crises. The handling of data, builds on document analysis, through a selective choice of empirical data from official documents describing the EU- programs, regulations and strategies for handling migration in a present time proximity. It is important to note that the purpose is not to question the morals of such policies, but will, however, continue to strive towards remaining critical in its approach. Securitization theory is here found to detect which securitization acts are present in these documents and how these can explain EU border measures. This research project reveals that the EU itself produce a vast amount of the data available on migration and that they themselves dictate much of the frame of the migration debate, through this. A frame that relates migration to that of an existential threat.

UddannelserBasis - Samfundsvidenskabelig Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato27 maj 2017
Antal sider55
VejledereLaurids Sandager Lauridsen