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Religions 2019, 10(1), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10010027

How Does the European Union Talk about Migrant Women and Religion? A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Agenda on Migration of the European Union and the Case Study of Nigerian Women

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Department of Political Science, Law and International Studies, University of Padua, Via del Santo 28, 35123 Padova PD, Italy
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Human Rights Centre, University of Padua, Via Martiri della Libertà, 2, 35137 Padova PD, Italy
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Received: 15 October 2018 / Revised: 6 December 2018 / Accepted: 28 December 2018 / Published: 2 January 2019
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Abstract

Women with different identity and migration origins represent one of the most significant groups in the migration flows of the Mediterranean in recent years and the intersection of their religious identity and gender has been often neglected in migration policies. The paper applies the method of Critical Frame Analysis (CFA) to analyze the ways in which European policy documents address the intersection between gender and religious diversity. Through the CFA, the article examines the European Agenda on Migration and the priorities identified in the text. The analysis of the document is based on recent case studies of trafficked Nigerian women, which provide examples of the dangerous invisibility of ethnic and religious women in the priorities highlighted in the policy document of the European Commission. The CFA results show that the European Agenda on Migration, in responding to the increased number of arriving migrants from Africa and in designing a new approach towards mixed migration flows, lacks any reference to the gender perspective of migration and gender mainstreaming is missing from the text. The neutrality of the document and the securitization frame applied does not take into perspective the importance of recognizing a gender and intersectional dimension of migration flows, which impacts primarily women coming from African countries beholding strong religious beliefs. View Full-Text
Keywords: Public Policy on Migration; Nigerian Women; Juju; Critical Frame Analysis; Migration Agenda; Gender; Intersectionality; African Traditional Religions Public Policy on Migration; Nigerian Women; Juju; Critical Frame Analysis; Migration Agenda; Gender; Intersectionality; African Traditional Religions
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Degani, P.; Ghanem, C. How Does the European Union Talk about Migrant Women and Religion? A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Agenda on Migration of the European Union and the Case Study of Nigerian Women. Religions 2019, 10, 27.

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