This workshop will take place during the 13th Annual IMISCOE Conference that takes place in Prague from 30 June  to 2 July 2016. In it we further develop on the crucial dynamic of representations of “the other” in the media, the public sphere and new forms of politics.

The current economic and financial crisis has been replaced by the so-called refugee-crisis. Although it can be discussed who has the crisis, the refugees, the countries in conflict or Europe itself the crisis thus re-articulates and strengthens distinctions between wanted/unwanted, deserving and undeserving groups and subsequently also revisits positions in relation to recognition and redistribution discourses, politics and positions. While ethnic and demographic diversification is welcomed by some, there is a growing concern about the effects of immigration on the economy and on welfare.