Schech (2010) Seeing like a region: Parliamentary discourses on asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland and South Australia


This study compares discourse found in Scotland and South Australia on issues relating to asylum seekers and refugees. The research places Scotland in a regional context alongside South Australia. Both regions serve as case studies of sub-state level political units where prevailing condition are at odds with state level immigration policy. Schech (2010) examines the arguments found in both regions and examines how notions of sovereignty and human rights influence their political discourse. These discourses are then cited in support of their efforts to counter their respective demographic challenges through immigration. The study highlights factors similar to both settings (such as an emphasis on the economic benefits of migration), it also draws out some interesting differences between the two regions, notably as in the case of Scotland an assertion of a humanitarian based society focused on social welfare. Also see the work of Kirkwood et al. (2014) which addresses discourse and its rhetorical function in discussions of refugee and asylum seeker integration and, for a human rights perspective, see Aspinall and Watters (2010).

Bibliographic reference:

Schech, S. (2010) Seeing like a region: parliamentary discourses on asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland and South Australia. Population, Space and Place, Vol.18(1), pp.58-73.







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