AbstractsPolitical Science

The political and societal aspect in the creation of asylum seekers from a global and local perspective

by Hafid El Hasnaoui

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Creation of asylum seekers; Political and societal aspect from a global and local perspective
Record ID: 1119165
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/17763


This project intends to examine the creation of asylum seekers, seen from a political and societal aspect both globally and locally. The project is divided into five different chapters, where each chapter has a purpose of focusing on several aspects leading up to the answer of how the term and interpretation of ‘asylum seeker’ has been undergoing a man-made creation, due to different global and local factors, as the project focuses on the legislations of the European Union’s impact on Denmark and Danish legislation. An inductive style of approach has been used as the project evolves from researching a particular problem, to reach more general conclusions. The project uses first hand sources represented in quotes from interviews, and secondary sources represented in journals and reports from other authors who have also conducted researches in the same problem areas. The theory of Interpretivism has been used on the qualitative and quantitative data, as the theory of Interpretivism revolves around researching why social action have been done, instead of understanding the social action in itself. Moreover, the project looks at the policies and discourses towards the asylum seekers and the labelling of them, which contradict to the concept of human rights. The findings were that due to the refugee situation has undergone a huge development during the last decades, as the world at the first hand became more globalized and caused an influx of guest workers, who were the first immigrants in Denmark. Subsequently, the term asylum seeker has, additionally, undergone a re-creation in the interpretation of it, and the war in Iraq played a huge role in this. Furthermore it can be seen throughout the discourse analysis, that Denmark has been influenced by EU, and has changed its politics to meet the requirements stated by the Union. At last it is seen, that EU is a closed community, meaning that people from the outside may not be seen as their equals, and also each country's population have regained their nationalistic view, and are scared of intruders from the outside.