Framing Community Sponsorship in the context of the UK’s hostile environment

Gabriella D’avino

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The launch of the private sponsorship scheme, Community Sponsorship (CS), allowing individuals to resettle refugees in the UK, seems to be in contrast with the government’s approach towards immigration aimed to implement the hostile environment policy. Using frame analysis, this research looks at the diagnostic, prognostic and motivational framings used by policymakers in parliamentary debates related to CS to understand how the scheme and the hostile environment coexist. The findings show how the used frames allow the government to manage refugee resettlement more as a tool of migration management rather than exclusively as a tool of international protection, and how this strategy implements the UK’s hostile environment.
Original languageEnglish
Article number026101832110238
JournalCritical Social Policy
Early online date8 Sept 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 8 Sept 2021


  • Community Sponsorship
  • frame analysis
  • hostile environment
  • migration management
  • refugee resettlement


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