What’s the Problem of ‘Climate Migration’ Represented to be? A Discourse Analysis of Policies in Bangladesh

University essay from Lunds universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen; Lunds universitet/Graduate School

Abstract: This thesis aims to understand the discourses of ‘climate migration’ represented in the policies of Bangladesh, based on the conceptual framework created by existing discursive debate on ‘climate migration’ and migration theories. With the guidance of ‘What’s the problem represented to be?’ (WPR) approach proposed by Bacchi (2009), six national policies of Bangladesh are selected and a full- dimensional analysis on their political discourses is made, answering the research question: how is ‘climate migration’ problematised in the policies of Bangladesh? The analysis has shown that the problem representation of ‘climate migration’ is not homogenous but conflicting and changing, which is politically rational considering its discursive effects. But based on these conflicts and tensions identified in the discourses, other alternative discourses can be suggested.

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