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Doctoral Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences
Caryl Thompson is a doctoral researcher in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham and a member of the Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies (IAPS). Her dissertation research focuses on political discourse relating to the migration/security nexus in the Asia Pacific region. She is currently undertaking research in South East Asia and is located in Kuala Lumpur. She holds a BA in Medieval and Modern History from the University of Nottingham, an MA in History from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and MA in International Relations (with distinction) from the University of Nottingham.
Thesis Title: "A Necessary Evil":The Construction of Migrants as a Security Threat
Migration across national borders has grown and diversified over the past forty years and is increasingly regarded by national governments as a security issue. My research will examine the ways in which migration is articulated as a threat particularly to economic, political and societal security. It will assess how states that are dependent on migrant labour to support economic growth, balance the tensions between their economic interests and potential societal threats created by large and diverse inflows of migrants. It will provide a comparative, cross-national analysis by examining countries with substantial migrant inflows in the Asia-Pacific region(Australia, Malaysia and Singapore) using discourse analysis methods to analyse a corpus of texts derived from the policy statements, political speeches, manifestoes and local press media relating to how migration is communicated as a security threat in public discourse. The research will contribute to contemporary debates by examining how states differ in "securitizing" the issue of migration, depending on social context, and by assessing the merits of the analytical framework of "securitization" developed by the Copenhagen School, in designating migration as a threat to security.
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