Leveraging the European Refugee Crisis: Forced Displacement and Bargaining in Greece's Bailout Negotiations
In this article, Gerasimos Tsourapas provides the first detailed analysis of Greece's foreign policy response to the European migrant crisis, demonstrating the importance of forced displacement in the international politics of EU member states.
5 February 2022
While much literature has concentrated on the EU’s policy to return people from within its borders, this article by Tamirace Fakhoury and Nora Stel seeks to understand how the EU cooperates with refugee-hosting states beyond its borders, in its ‘Southern Neighbourhood’, to uphold conditions for voluntary, safe and dignified returns.
This essay by Fiona Adamson and Kelly Greenhill presents the concept of security entanglement, illustrates how it operates, and explores some of its theoretical and practical implications.
8 December 2021
Co-written by Martin Guzi, Martin Kahanec and Lucia Mýtna Kureková (EUBA), this paper looks at immigrant–native gaps in labor force participation, unemployment, low-skilled employment, and temporary employment and measures the contribution of institutional and policy contexts to the part of these gaps that cannot be explained by immigrant–native differences in characteristics.
The Syrian refugee crisis through the lenses of Turkish political discourses: An analysis of deliberations in the Turkish Parliament
27 November 2021
Migration has become highly contentious. Turkey is no exception. Turkey faces even further challenges as the host to the world's largest refugee population, with Syrians as the majority. Fear about loss of control over borders, and its subsequent political, economic, social and cultural repercussions lies at the heart of migration debates. Parliamentary deliberations provide a public venue for airing these concerns. The paper co-written by Samet Apaydın and Meltem Müftüler-Baç (Sabanci University) focuses on Turkish Parliamentary deliberations on the Syrians to assess its issue salience.
The external dimension of EU migration policy as region-building? Refugee cooperation as contentious politics
16 November 2021
Building on the case of displacement from Syria, this article by Tamirace Fakhoury targets the EU’s refugee approach in its ‘neighborhood’ as a site of contention whereby states, rather than being policy borrowers, dispute the EU’s attempt to regulate regions
18 October 2021
In this paper, Gerasimos Tsourapas discusses how Middle East states across the Mediterranean have attempted, in some form or another, to secure material and nonmaterial concessions from the European Union (EU) and its member‐states by tying the management of forced migration to their diplomatic issue‐linkage strategies.
Echoing and re-echoing refugee policies in the international system: The Lebanese state and its political imaginary
9 September 2021
This article by Tamirace Fakhoury sets out to contribute to the debate on how Arab refugee hosting states, generally regarded as norm recipients and recalcitrant implementers of refugee law, have sought to shape, localize, and reconfigure understandings and practices of asylum.
8 September 2021
Relative to their own populations, neighboring Jordan and Lebanon have hosted the most Syrians per capita. While both are small, middle-income, and resource-poor countries, the perception of their respective governance of Syrian refugees has been diametrically different. The main objective of this short intervention by André Bank and Christiane Fröhlich (GIGA) is to evaluate both the 2016 Jordan Compact and the Lebanon Compact 5 years after their signing and to outline a more reflective potential EU policy approach.
13 August 2021
With the West’s approach to vulnerable Afghans driven by a fixation on stopping migration at all costs, Luisa F. Freier (Universidad del Pacífico), Nicholas R. Micinski (University of Maine), and MAGYC’s Gerasimos Tsourapas (University of Glasgow) identify the threatening global rise of refugee commodification.
Identity, Belonging and Strategic Citizenship. Considerations About Naturalisation Among Italians and Spaniards Living in the EU
27 July 2021
Drawing on 68 in-depth interviews conducted with Italians and Spaniards living in London and Berlin, Iraklis Dimitriadis and Fabio Quassoli argue that an individual’s understanding of naturalisation within the EU context is based on two aspects: on one hand, a strictly pragmatic evaluation of the pros and cons of the new status; on the other, a new sense of belonging as well as new cultural and territorial identifications that intra-EU migrants are not often willing to experience.
Externalization of migration governance, Turkey’s migration regime, and the protection of the European Union’s external borders
27 June 2021
This article written by Meltem Müftüler-Baç aims to tackle the following questions: whether the externalization of European migration governance played a significant role in the redesign of Turkish migration governance, and whether this externalization uncovered new collaboration strategies for Turkey and the EU.
15 June 2021
This paper by Anastasia Blouchoutzi, Dimitra Manou, and Jason Papathanasiou suggests the integration of a multiple criteria decision analysis method, namely PROMETHEE, for policy making with regard to migrant social exclusion. The authors argue that the method proposed could help policy makers to evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented policies, spot the discrepancies between policies and policy outcomes, and motivate knowledge sharing among the EU member states. The findings include a ten-year comparative list of the EU member states (2010–2019) driven by social inclusion indicators for the foreign-born (non-EU-born) population. The results are rather sensitive to changes in the data utilized but they provide an overall comparative picture of social inclusion policy effectiveness in the EU during the past decade.
Local “Battlegrounds”. Relocating Multi-Level and Multi-Actor Governance of Immigration
Moving beyond the MLG (multi-level governance) approach, this literature review by Iraklis Dimitriadis, Minke Hajer, Elena Fontanari and Maurizio Ambrosini focuses on studies regarding the local level in immigration governance. It considers local policies and administrative practices on the one hand, and the role of multiple civil society actors engaged in the reception of asylum seekers on the other.
Horizontal Local Governance and Social Inclusion: The Case of Municipality-Civil Society Engagement During Refugee Reception in Malmö, Sweden
9 April 2021
This study by Claudia Fry and Mine Islar from LUCSUS takes an in-depth look of Malmö, a city in Sweden which in 2015 became the centre for the Swedish refugee reception and solidarity initiatives and identifies challenges and opportunities of horizontal collaborations to develop the social dimension of city resilience.
11 January 2021
In this article published on Ethnic and Racial Studies, Maurizio Ambrosini (Università degli Studi di Milano) contributes to the debate on asylum and immigration policies by elaborating the concept of “battleground” of asylum (and immigration) policies.
15 December 2020
Ján Liďák (College of International and Public Relations Prague) and Radoslav Štefančík (University of Economics Bratislava) aim to explain why, despite the negative attitude of the Slovak political elite to international migration and the stated interest in restrictive migration policy, the number of migrants with the permission to stay in Slovakia is increasing from year to year.
1 December 2020
In this article published on Cultures & Conflits, Shoshana Fine (ESPOL) reflects on “symbolic rewards” and governing migration between Turkey and the EU.
“Working there is amazing, but life here is better”: Imaginaries of onward migration destinations among Albanian migrant construction workers in Italy and Greece
22 September 2020
In this chapter of the book “Migration at Work“, Iraklis Dimitriadis (Università degli Studi di Milano) explores how subjective representations of work or life-related subjects may induce desires to leave the initial destination, or decisions for staying put. The chapter concludes that the analysis of imaginaries can inform on the motivations for onward migration.
Beyond ideology – a comparative analysis of how local governance can expand national integration policy: the case of Syrian refugees in Istanbul
17 September 2020
In this pager published on the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Basak Yavçan (The Hugo Observatory) and Fulya Memişoğlu identify the different logics of integration that operate in two refugee hosting municipalities of Istanbul.
Research with refugees in fragile political contexts: how ethical reflections impact methodological choices
4 September 2020
In this publication, Lea Müller-Funk (MAGYC) analyses how ethical reflections impact methodological choices when doing mixed methods research with refugees in fragile political contexts
Refugee return and fragmented governance in the host state: displaced Syrians in the face of Lebanon’s divided politics
8 June 2020In this paper published on the Third World Quarterly, Tamirace Fakhoury discusses shifts in governing returns from the Lebanese state as the sole decision-maker to the dispersion of authority within competing structures.
The Urban Governance of Asylum as a “Battleground”: Policies of Exclusion and Efforts of Inclusion in Italian Towns
12 March 2020
6 March 2020
In this working paper, Lea Müller-Funk (MAGYC) and Sonja Fransen (UvA) highlight the difference between return aspirations and coerced return.
6 January 2020
14 January 2020
This working paper by Tamirace Fakhoury (LAU) illustrates how supranational actors’ agendas affect states’ behaviour towards refugees and asylum policy-making on the one hand, and refugee rights, on the other.
Impact of sanctions on migration flows from the Russian Federation to the European Union and the integration of Russian migrants in the Baltic States
31 December 2019
In this paper, Ivana Dancáková and Monika Kochajdova (EUBA) analyse the EU migration governance in Eastern Europe.
The Migration State in the Global South: Nationalizing, Developmental, and Neoliberal Models of Migration Management
24 October 2019
In this article, Fiona Adamson (SOAS) and Gerasimos Tsourapas (Sciences Po) explore the “Migration State” in the Global South and extend the concept by introducing a typology of migration management regimes.
4 May 2019
In this article, Gerasimos Tsourapas (Sciences Po) examines the workings of “refugee rentier states” and critiques policy approaches that frame forced displacement as an opportunity for the economic development of the Global South.
19 December 2018
In this article, Fiona Adamson (SOAS) and Gerasimos Tsourapas (Sciences Po) argue for the utility of Migration Diplomacy as a novel explanatory framework for theorising the interplay between foreign and migration policy-making