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The Syrian refugee crisis – a crisis for whom?: A qualitative text analysis of the portrayal of Syrian refugees and migrants in Swedish news articles
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Syrian refugee crisis has been widely reported about in Swedish news, and the forced displacement situation has been considered among the most important issues on the agenda for Swedish people. Studies have shown that the way in which media portrays a certain phenomenon has a great impact on the public’s perceptions and opinions about it. The aim of this thesis is to analyze how Syrian refugees and migrants are portrayed in Swedish news articles published during the early fall of 2016, in the aftermaths of the refugee crisis. The thesis will also examine for whom this large-scale displacement is represented as a crisis. Thereby, it can contribute with an enhanced understanding of the portrayal in the aftermath of the crisis. Moreover, it provides a basis for future research on the relationship between the Swedish media portrayal of Syrian refugees and migrants and people’s perceptions and opinions about the Syrian immigration and integration in society. Designed as a descriptive case study, this thesis draws on social constructivism and framing theory, to thoroughly analyze each article and thus get a deeper understanding of the manifest and latent messages in the texts. Applying a qualitative text analysis and a set of analytical questions to each article, the results show a diversified representation of Syrian refugees and migrants and variation depending on the focus of the article as well as on what type of Syrian migrants that are portrayed. While representations of the refugees and migrants as passive victims or as burdens and threats to the host communities do appear, the portrayal of the refugees and migrants as being victims to violence and persecutions, but at the same time as being survivors and active subjects, is recurring. Furthermore, the Syrian refugee ‘crisis’ is repeatedly portrayed as a crisis for the refugees and migrants themselves. This is an interesting result as previous research during earlier time periods has shown a more negative or victimized representation.

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2019. , p. 46
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-403753OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-403753DiVA, id: diva2:1391190
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Political Science
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Bachelor Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2020-02-04 Created: 2020-02-03 Last updated: 2020-02-04Bibliographically approved

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