On 23 March 2023 the Department for Migration and Globalisation will host the another seminar of the Interdisciplinary migration research seminar series 'Beyond the usual suspects: Overlooked (f)actors in migration governance' online via Zoom and in presence at University for Continuing Education Krems.


Thursday, 23. March, 2023 (10:30 - 11:30 am) - register here

Dr. Sarah Nash (University for Continuing Education Krems)

Issue parking in policy silos: an interpretive comparative analysis of policy discourses on climate change and migration in Austria, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden.



In the burgeoning literature on climate change and migration policy, the focus is overwhelmingly on the international arena or a handful of affected states. In contrast little is known about national policy discourses in the Global North. As influential contributors to global conversations this is a glaring omission. This paper therefore explores policy discourses on climate change and migration in four European nation states and poses the question: how do national policy discourses on climate change and migration influence policy objectives? In answering this question, the analysis focuses on the interaction of, and parking of the issue in, particular policy silos be it climate, migration, security, or development policy. The discourse analysis presented in the paper draws on document analysis and 34 semi-structured interviews conducted with stakeholders across the 4 case studies between September 2020 and April 2022. The relevance of this paper goes beyond the field of climate change and migration. As the cross-cutting nature of climate change across all policy silos becomes more recognised and holistic and system-based approaches more mainstream, analyses that join up climate policy with discussions in other policy silos will become increasingly important.


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