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Migration Policy in Crisis

  • International Business School


Migration and challenges associated with human mobility are here to stay. We, as migration scholars, reiterate, rethink, reconsider what we do know and identify areas for further investigation constantly. Every year we get intrigued by volumes of research and scholarship presented at the Migration Conferences (TMC) since 2012. At the fifth conference in 2017 held at Harokopio University in Athens, about 400 papers were disseminated by researchers covering different aspects, approaches, methods, and takes on human mobility. This edited volume in hand here, although inspired and shaped by the contributions initially presented at the TMC 2017, is more than a conference proceedings book. The volume includes not only more experienced and distinguished academics but also new researchers committed to high quality scholarship in this field. Our intent was to bring together a selection of papers complementing each other and covering legal studies as well as other social sciences to offer useful material for informed and effective migration policy. The chapters included can also be considered as concentrated on Europe and European approaches on migration. Alluding to the premises of the conflict model of migration, these chapters reflect both conflicts and cooperation between state level actors as well as reflecting at the cross-cutting issues at micro and mezzo levels (Sirkeci, 2009). Individual and group level insecurities reflect the perceived impact of conflicts, tensions, discomforts, disagreements and upsets at micro level and these are moderated by mismatches of policies and practices at state levels. Recent experiences of migration policy in Europe offer both cases of cooperation and conflict as countries’ interests do not always complement. The deal(s) with Turkey is probably the reason for a mass outpouring of refugees from Turkey in the later part of 2015. This was a clear display of conflict between the interests at state level (i.e. Turkey and the EU agreed on a scheme) and individual level (i.e. refugees did not want to stay in Turkey). A more recent incident came after a shift in Italian cabinet towards extreme right wing: rescue boats were refused and directed towards Spanish coast (i.e. a clear conflict between EU policies and Italian interpretation). Despite the fact that this edited book was not conceived as a set of cases to exhibit conflicts in migration policy across borders, it turned out a good collection of chapters critically discussing such cases.
Migration Policy in Crisis
Edited by Ibrahim Sirkeci, Emília Lana de Freitas Castro,
Ülkü Sezgi Sözen
“Migration has become an everyday topic in the last years, and
the arrival of persons fleeing for their lives or human rights or in
search of a better life has been deemed as a “crisis”. In reality,
though, Politics are creating a crisis of protection. This book
flashes out this scenario in Europe, pointing to the crisis of policies
towards migrants in the EU. To face the challenges in the current
international setting balancing the interests of States and the
needs of human beings is essential. This requires commitment to
being comprehensive, propositional and analytical and this
book delivers this.”
Liliana Lyra Jubilut, Professor in International Law, Member of the
IOM Migration Research Leaders’ Syndicate, Brazil
“Whenever we hear the voices of irresponsible populists trying to
destroy the European project, we should never forget that we
live in and have to fight for an age of enlightenment. The volume
at hand provides a superb reminder.”
Markus Kotzur, Chair of European and International Law and
Vice Dean for Studies and Teaching, Universität Hamburg,
Ibrahim Sirkeci, Emília Lana de Freitas Castro, Ülkü Sezgi Sözen
I. Sirkeci, E. Castro, Ü. S. Sözen (Eds.)