Master's thesis presentation: Helle Anette Teien Svanevik
The candidate will present her thesis:
Media and Integration: Syrian Refugees in the Norwegian Society
The civil war in Syria, the Syrian “refugee crisis”, and issues regarding immigration and asylum seekers have been highly featured in the Norwegian media since migration from Syria escalated in 2015. Thousands of these Syrian refugees emigrated to Norway, and are now a significant minority group in the Norwegian society. This thesis has studied how Syrian refugees in Norway use Syrian, international – and Norwegian media platforms, and how their media use contributes to their integration processes. Material was collected by approaching ten Syrian refugees in Norway, who responded to semi-structured interviews. These ten Syrian refugees received residence permits in Norway between the years 2014 and 2016, and interviews took place between January 2018 and September 2018. Theories and findings show that use of Norwegian media platforms contribute to Syrian refugees’ integration processes in terms of progress by improvement of Norwegian language skills, and increased knowledge of Norwegian society and culture. However, Norwegian media’s problem-perspectives in featuring immigration and Islam was found to be a negative contributor to Syrian refugees’ progress of integration.