English title: Media Discourse and the New German Immigration Law

Author(s): Harald Bauder -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2008


Between 2001 and 2004, an initially innovative proposal of a German immigration law was transformed into a rather conservative piece of legislation. This paper systematically analyses media discourse during this period. A content analysis of five prominent German newspapers reveals that media attention to the issue of immigration in the context of the new law fluctuated considerably and that different models of argumentation were mobilised in different stages of the debate. While economic arguments occurred with consistent frequency, arguments stressing the dangers of immigration were used mainly in the context of other world events, such as the attacks in Madrid.

Volume: 34

Issue: 1

From page no: 95

To page no: 112

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/13691830701708783

Journal: Journal of ethnic and migration studies

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