Edited by Ekaterina Balabanova and Ruxandra Trandafoiu
[Journal of Language and Politics 19:3] 2020
► pp. 518–542
Immigrants and Syrian refugees in the Turkish press
Analysis of news discourse in the context of the ‘refugee crisis’
This paper examines the way in which news reports and op-eds published in daily newspapers in Turkey handle the issues of asylum and refugees. The paper aims at revealing the patterns of discriminatory discourses towards refugees and also seeks an answer to the question of how much a discourse that will facilitate the acceptance of refugees and that will help them to be perceived as equipped with public rights finds a place in the Turkish press. The study examines the newspaper discourse on matters of immigration and asylum that is built within the news reports and op-eds of 7 national and 7 local newspapers from 1 June 2017 to 30 November 2018. The texts were first subjected to content analysis and then the selected news reports were treated based on the main components of the news discourse.