The impact of narratives on policymaking at the EU level
Work Package 8
November 2022 – February 2024
Work Package 8 analyses, together with WP7, how different narratives on migration shape, and are deployed in, the political debate and policymaking. Focusing on the EU level, this WP aims to:
- Investigate how narratives on migration and integration have evolved in the political debate at the EU level over the past 10 years.
- Inquire how particularly emotions-based narratives aiming at garnering public support have been processed in different policymaking venues.
- Explore the implications for policy responses and how rhetoric has been de-coupled, rejected from or embraced with such responses.
- Foster the debate among policymakers on how to better articulate facts-based policy outputs, within the rule of law and in line with the EU core values.
WP8 runs in parallel to WP7 and focuses on analysing how EU actors have responded to competing narratives on migration in policy rhetoric and practice. To do so, it first maps the dominant narratives shaping the political debate on migration at the EU level, and then assesses the influence of these narratives on policy rhetoric and responses. As a result, a Working Paper and a Policy Brief on the impact of narratives on EU policymaking are produced, the latter aiming to reflect on the roles and responsibilities of EU policy stakeholders in generating such impact.
Under this WP, a workshop with EU policymakers is organised in Brussels, back-to-back with the BRIDGES Final Conference, to discuss the impact of migration narratives on EU policymaking and the overall results of the project.
Led by: IAI (Asli Selin Okyay and Daniela Huber).