It is often noted in the literature on migration that it, and its constituent components, are being increasingly securitized or securitized more frequently. However, these claims are often left underspecified – in particular with regard to how intensity, frequency and securitization are themselves defined. This results in broad assertions that are difficult to validate. In response, the current study seeks to first determine the extent to which security has been used to frame migration in official discourse put forward by the main institutions of the EU concerned with ‘migration management’.

Through the application of Structural Topic Modeling (STM), supported by other quantitative text analysis methods, this study will demonstrate: 1) when and how migration and its constituent components are framed in security terms; 2) to what extent the topics related to security includes migration; 3) what topics in general are most prevalent in the texts under study. In this presentation Killy will discuss the outcomes of these analyses and lay out the next steps for his research project, with particular focus on his main objectives while at the IEE-ULB.


Geoffrey Killy is a second-year PhD student at Waseda University, Tokyo. His research focuses on the framing of migration as a security issue and the external dimensions of EU migration policies. From March 2020, he will be a visiting researcher at the IEE-ULB, conducting fieldwork for his dissertation.

Chair: Julien Jeandesboz, Université libre de Bruxelles (REPI)

Practical information

Date: Tuesday March 3rd 2020

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Place: Room Kant – Institute for European Studies, Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 39, 1050 Ixelles


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