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My research focuses on hegemonic discourse construction within spatial regimes such as the nation-state and its impacts on physical and imaginary border arrangements on the example of refugee migration since 2015 in a European and Canadian context. More specifically, while there are tremendous public support and positive attitudes towards arriving and accommodating refugees there is also a growing voice that raises issues over security, resources and cultural differences. This voice has clear demands towards their political leaders, containing and securitizing the refugee influx, which is communicated through various media channels, public demonstrations, and voting behavior.
The question that rises out of this divergence in opinion, especially the rising voice that demands stronger control mechanisms and that initially started my research interest in this field, is how it affects the policy-making process? As representatives of the people in a democratic framework, political leaders depended in their position on their support. Logically then, political actions need to reflect the public opinion on an issue. As in both countries, there is a growing voice in the public, that is not in agreement with the positive political rhetoric on refugees, it leaves the question, if the political leaders move away from their initially welcoming rhetoric, by making policy choices that rather supports the growing voice within the public that demands securitization? By answering these questions, I aim to create a point of departure for future transnational policy recommendations regarding refugees in democratic political structures within and beyond the nation-state.