Security threat: a reality or right-wing political discourse phenomenon

  • Marium FatimaEmail author
  • Ghulam Ali Murtaza
  • Shahid Ahmed Afridi
  • Arshi Saleem Hashmi
Original Paper


This article studies the potential paradigm shift in Europe linking refugees’ influx with the security phenomenon through the works of intellectuals belonging to Copenhagen and Paris School. The article has been written exclusively in the milieu of the Civil War in Syria which brought migrants/refugees into the international limelight as a threat to security after 2011. The paper initially examines the Political position occupied by right wing and the rightist politicians’ discourse on refugees in Europe. Afterwards the paper discusses discursive phenomenon of securitization in the framework of theory on the premise of the works of different scholars of the field. The last section probes the construction of refugees as a threat to security in Germany as a unique case which underwent securitization and de-securitization. Turkey presents another case study to investigate the security threat posed by the refugees as a reality or misconception in the ambit of the theoretical framework and how the securitization narrative influenced the Turkish policies towards refugees.



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marium Fatima
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ghulam Ali Murtaza
    • 2
  • Shahid Ahmed Afridi
    • 1
  • Arshi Saleem Hashmi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Peace and Conflict StudiesNational Defense UniversityIslamabadPakistan
  2. 2.School of Oriental and African StudiesLondonUK

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