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Finding Power Within the Language: - a securitization study of operation EUNAVFOR MED
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This research paper takes departure from the contradictions of understandings regarding the purpose of operation EUNAVFOR Med, which operates in the Mediterranean aiming at disrupting the business model of human smugglers. The alteration of opinions concerns the question(s) regarding, to what extent the operation should be considered a securitization, and if so, of what? Research has consequently been drawn from the Copenhagen’s School theory of securitization, looking deeper into the involvement of the main actors in the operation, the EU, the human smugglers and the migrants, in order to identify if this operation could indeed be considered a securitization act. By placing the main actors of the operation in the center of the theoretical framework this research has been able to identify how this operation can be understood from a securitization theory and also what has been securitized. The methodological approach is based upon Norman Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis, framing both the structure and the analytical apparatus of the research paper, enabling an even broader understanding of the case.

The result showed that there are indeed indicators demonstrating that operation EUNAVFOR Med could be considered a successful securitization of human smugglers. Also, in line with this operation, there are several indicators that shows how the EU has managed to pull a securitization move of migration, arguing that the migrants has formed an ‘uncontrolled problem’ for the EU. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
Operation Sophia, EUNAVFOR Med, Fairclough, Critical discourse analysis, securitization, Buzan
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-55759OAI: diva2:955460
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
European Studies Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2016-08-31 Created: 2016-08-25 Last updated: 2016-08-31Bibliographically approved

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