Critical perspectives on migration in discourse and communication: An introduction


  • Dimitris Serafis University of Malta, Institute of Linguistics and Language Technology
  • Jolanta Drzewiecka USI – Università della Svizzera italiana, Institute for Public Communication
  • Sara Greco USI – Università della Svizzera italiana, Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics



While these lines were written, Taliban were conquering Afghanistan, establishing a regime of terror in the country, while concurrently provoking a wide conflict in the Western public sphere about responsibilities and consequences of this situation. More specifically, Europe witnesses a racist and xenophobic wave of discourses against a new possible escape of refugees toward Europe; presently such discourses abound in politics and the media. It is more than a truism nowadays that, in crisis-stricken Europe, there is an increasing politicization of migration, which takes place against the background and mutual overlapping of diverse crises. More specifically, migration has become a focal and quite polarizing issue in the European public sphere especially since the numbers of refugees, escaping from conflict territories of the Middle East (e. g., Syria), crossing the Mediterranean, dramatically increased starting in 2014 (Bevelander & Wodak, 2019a). The so-called “refugee crisis,” as this movement was portrayed by mainstream media and powerful political figures in Europe (Krzyżanowski, Triandafyllidou, & Wodak, 2018), contributed to social and economic tensions (such as the Eurozone “debt crisis”) that took place in the European Union and played into Brexit that followed.




How to Cite

Serafis, D., Drzewiecka, J., & Greco, S. (2021). Critical perspectives on migration in discourse and communication: An introduction. Studies in Communication Sciences, 21(2), 287–290.



Thematic Section:Critical perspectives on migration in discourse & communication