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Social Media and the Changing Discourse of Immigration

DOI: 10.15340/978-625-00-9894-3_11

Published: 2021 | Pages: 225 - 239

Serdar Tuncer
AMLAC&S, University of Ottawa, Department of Communication, Ottawa, Canada

Boulou Ebanda De B’béri
AMLAC&S, University of Ottawa, Department of Communication, Ottawa, Canada

This study analyzes the prevalent discourses surrounding the most prominent immigrant group in Turkey – Syrian refugees. Here, the focus is on the shift from a discourse of ‘welcoming guest’ into one that now qualifies Syrian refugees as ‘privileged guest’; a new terminology that also reflects the changing of Turkey’s political landscape. To do so, this study mobilizes fact-checking platforms through a Discourse Historical Analysis (DHA) approach to highlight the underlying meaning articulated towards Syrian refugees in Turkey today. The analysis shows that the ‘privileged discourse’ toward Syrian refugees in Turkey has two main trivets: ‘Economic’ and ‘Social Welfare’.

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