Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

First Advisor

Cradock, Gerald


Discourse, (In)security, Migration, Power, Safe Third Country Concept




At its peak in 2015, the European refugee crisis brought international attention to the problems found in the European Asylum System. The so called “safe third country” concept has been primarily used in the context of the Dublin system for the purposes of allocation of asylum seekers and refugees within the European Union (EU). In 2016, this concept was applied in the EU-Turkey Statement, where its usage gained a different meaning and value due to the forced returns of asylum seekers and refugees from the EU to Turkey. The purpose of this thesis is to find the meanings beyond the humanitarian face of the safe third country concept as applied within the EU-Turkey Statement from March 18th, 2016. It becomes necessary to reveal the discursive changes—from asylum seekers’ and refugees’ security in the EU to their security in Turkey. A Foucauldian discourse analysis is used to investigate how the (in)security framework has been applied within the safe third country concept by the EU, and how the (in)security logic influences the wellbeing of those asylum seekers and refugees who are sent to Turkey.