Political and Media Discourses about Integrating Refugees in the UK

Simon Goodman, S. Kirkwood

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This article addresses political and media discourses about integrating refugees in the UK in the context of the “refugee crisis”. A discursive psychological approach is presented as the best way to understand what talk about the concept is used to accomplish in these debates. A large corpus of political discussions (13 hours of debate featuring 146 politicians) and 960 newspaper articles from the UK were discourse analysed. The analysis identified five dilemmas about integration: Integration is positive and necessary, but challenging; Host communities are presented as welcoming, but there are limits to their capacity; Refugees are responsible for integration, but host communities need to provide support; Good refugees integrate, bad ones don't; Refugees are vulnerable and are skilled. All are used to warrant the inclusion or exclusion of refugees. The responsibility of western nations to support refugees is therefore contingent on the refugees behaving in specific ways.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-press)
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
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Early online date22 Apr 2019
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Apr 2019

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  • discourse analysis
  • discursive psychology
  • integration
  • refugee crisis
  • refugees

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Goodman, Simon ; Kirkwood, S. / Political and Media Discourses about Integrating Refugees in the UK. In: European Journal of Social Psychology. 2019 ; Vol. (In-press). pp. (In-press).
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