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Construction of Solidarity
Construction of Solidarity

Czech and Polish Approach to Refugees in the EU Context

Author(s): Markéta Votoupalová
Subject(s): Sociology, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Centrum Europejskie Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Refugee Crisis; EU; Solidarity; Refugee Quota System; Relocations; Discourse-Historical Approach;

Summary/Abstract: The article deals with the concept of solidarity in the context of the currentrefugee crisis. Specifi cally, employing the Discourse-Historical Approach,it explores how solidarity is constructed in the discourse of the EU and in two member states, in Poland and in the Czech Republic which havebeen very critical of the european approach to refugees from the beginning of the refugee crisis in 2015. As the findings suggest, relocations seem tobe the only contested aspect of a more complex solution. On all other initiatives,there is an agreement between the EU and Poland and the Czech Republic even though the discourse might seem escalated at first sight. Moreover, drawing on the theoretical overview, the balancing of solidarity as a value with national interests and focus on security seems to be in line with the theoretical conceptualisation of international solidarity.

  • Issue Year: 23/2019
  • Issue No: 1 (89)
  • Page Range: 43-67
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: English