Migration has become an extremely important and complex phenomenon of our time. Mass emigration, and in particular forced displacements, has never been more intense than nowadays. At the same time, we are also witnessing the largest spread of anti-immigrant sentiment seen in decades. Migration is inevitably attached to generate economic, social, cultural, and political profound changes, which should involve political actors, i.e. governments, in the creation of a framework for understanding the presence of immigrants; not as a threat but as an opportunity. The European Union cultivation of a “securitized” migration discourse aggravated this issue, with particular structural and gendered implications. Women account for a growing share of migrants, are particularly vulnerable to the effects of securitization, an their protection has emerged as a major challenge for governments and NGOs. This research will delve into recent developments of the immigration-integration nexus at the European level and will analyze the tensions present in media discourses, and how their implications affect women’s experiences.


Keywords: Migration; Gender; Securitization; Refugees; Discourses.