Kurdish media and Kurdistan Regional Government emigration policy

The refugee crisis of 2015

Authored by: Diyako Rahmani

The Routledge Companion to Migration, Communication, and Politics

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138058149
eBook ISBN: 9781315164472
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This study compares the approaches of Kurdish mass media and Kurdish social media run by non-professional individuals toward emigration of Kurds to Europe during the 2015 refugee crisis. Textual and visual content analysis of the media showed that, while Kurdish mass media discouraged emigration, Kurdish Facebook administrators encouraged Kurds to emigrate to Europe. It seems that differences in governance policies between social media run by non-professional individuals and the mass media form different approaches to immigration policies of Kurdish refugees from Iraqi Kurdistan.

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