EU migration policy changes in times of crisis. Discourses surrounding EU migration policies during the ‘refugee crisis’ – A discursive institutionalist analysis

Moa Nalepa, EU migration policy changes in times of crisis. Discourses surrounding EU migration policies during the ‘refugee crisis’ – A discursive institutionalist analysis

Abstract

This thesis examines the migration policy changes adopted by the EU during the ‘refugee crisis’ and problematises discourses that were deployed by EU policy makers. The method and theoretical framework are built around Schmidt’s discursive institutionalism and complements it with constructivist conceptual theories around discourses that are identified through the researched empirical material. The thesis concludes that there has been a continuation and normalisation of the securitisation of migration during the ‘refugee crisis’. Regarding the communicative and coordinative skills of the EU actors, the former is still problematic, whilst the coordinative discourses have increased the cooperation within the EU institutions.