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dc.contributor.authorHADJ-ABDOU, Leila
dc.contributor.authorRUEDIN, Didier
dc.identifier.citationGovernance, 2023, OnlineFirsten
dc.descriptionPublished online: 23 December 2023en
dc.description.abstractThe Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the economic contribution of migrant workers in maintaining essential services and access to goods. This new perspective on migrants as essential workers raised expectations in migration studies that it could reinvigorate an inclusive setting in terms of migration debates and policies. Building on this potential, we examine migration debates in the political party arena with a focus on centrist parties. The analysis focuses on Austria, a country with a high dependence on migrant labor in key sectors and a long-standing contestation of migration across the political party spectrum. Drawing on an analysis of parliamentary contributions and press releases by the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) and the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) during the pandemic, the study finds that the debates did not change fundamentally. Whilst external shocks such as the Covid-19 pandemic have a limited potential to reverse the focus on unwanted migration in European party politics, crises can lead the political center to reemphasize bifurcation strategies in response to shifts in public discourse, as this study of the Austrian case during the pandemic suggests.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThis article was published Open Access with the support from the EUI Library through the CRUI - Wiley Transformative Agreement (2020-2023).en
dc.relation.ispartofseries[Migration Policy Centre]en
dc.titleMigration debates in the political party arena during the Covid-19 pandemic in Austriaen
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