Constructing undesirables: A critical discourse analysis of 'othering' within the Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Immigration policy in Canada has recently shifted, reflecting changes in other Western countries. We studied the discursive constructions of forced migrants within Bill C-31 "Protecting Canada's Immigration System Act" and its associated Backgrounder documents published by the Canadian Government. The documents were analysed using an approach to critical discourse analysis adapted from Bacchi's (2009) methodology and informed by a theoretical framework of "othering". Particular groups of migrants were represented as posing threats to the economy, the integrity of the refugee system, and national security. The documents offered three solutions: the creation of specific categories of migrants, an emphasis upon efficiency of the system, and expanded powers to the government. The problematization of asylum seekers as posing multiple threats to Canadian society obfuscates governmental responsibilities to this population and reflects common strategies of neoliberal governance. International Migration

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Huot, S; Bobadilla, A; Bailliard, A; Laliberte Rudman, D

Published Date

  • April 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 131 - 143

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-2435

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0020-7985

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/imig.12210

Citation Source

  • Scopus