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The right of free movement: A story of securitisation and control in the UK or the story of Ion Popescu
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Political Science.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Recently in Britain there has been an on-going discussion on the right of European citizens to move to, work and reside freely in any European Union member-state. British politicians and media, stepping on the significant number of Eastern Europeans who moved to the United Kingdom, articulated a securitising discourse representing them as ‘benefit tourists’ and criminals who threaten the integrity of the welfare system and social cohesion. However, this is only part of the securitisation story. This paper argues that the securitisation of mobile European citizens and, consequently of the right of free movement itself, is used as governmentality in order to allow in the country only those who are needed and keep the rest out, and at the same time to raise support for a renegotiation of the relationship between Britain and the European Union. It will be demonstrated that the securitisation process takes place through policies and everyday practices on the one hand, and through the securitising discourse articulated by politicians and media on the other. Moreover, the possibility of securitisation having a long-lasting effect by creating a security rationale in which all future policies would be embedded is assessed.

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2015. , 96 p.
Keyword [en]
Britain, Eastern Europeans, free movement of persons, governmentality, immigration policy, Romanians, securitisation, What's the Problem Represented to Be
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Political Science Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121084ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--15/02102--SEOAI: diva2:851561
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Master's Programme in International and European Relations
2015-08-31, 3C:813, A Building, Valla Campus, Linköping, 13:15 (English)
Available from: 2015-09-21 Created: 2015-09-06 Last updated: 2015-09-21Bibliographically approved

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