“Welcome culture”: the emergence and transformation of a public debate on migration

Florian Trauner, Jocelyn Turton

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This article investigates the emergence and transformation of a debate on "welcome culture". This concept has developed as part of a wider effort by the German government since 2005 to improve perceptions of immigration. In autumn 2015, the term entered mainstream public discourse when it became a point of reference for political, societal and media actors. These groups sought to promote a pro-refugee policy for humanitarian or economic reasons, or simply out of pragmatism. Eventually, right-wing actors began to dominate the discourse in order to undermine the pro-refugee camp and approach. The discussion therefore reflects the struggles to define whether Germany and Austria are countries of immigration, or should even aspire to this title.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-42
Number of pages10
JournalAustrian Journal of Political Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Austria
  • Discourse analysis
  • Germany
  • Refugee crisis
  • Welcome culture


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