Finnish Public Media Representation of Asylum seekers and Refugees in ‘Easy Finnish’ : Qualitative Discourse Study of Yle Selkouutiset
Aghaverdiyeva, Surakhanim (2017)
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Media representation of asylum seekers and refugees has been discussed by many researchers including Finnish media portrayal of Roma and Somali asylum seekers and refugees (Horsti 2003, 2007, 2013; Nordberg 2004). However, there has been little or no research in Finnish media representation of the recent asylum seeker flow and refugee crisis starting in 2015. Taking the initiative from that point, this research has presented earlier literature in this theme and concluded several important aspects. These aspects are then studied via qualitative discourse analysis method with reference to the case of radio news in easy-Finnish which is an important media to Finnish language learners and other residents of Finland who find it hard to follow traditional Finnish media. The empirically studied case is how Yle selkouutiset represented asylum seekers and refugees during March-April 2017, when the debates on asylum seekers and refugees were at its peak level among traditional Finnish media, public and governmental institutions. Data is analyzed with qualitative discourse analysis method suggested by Fairclough (1995) and the results are then presented and discussed with earlier research findings. Further managerial and research implications are suggested at the end.