Irregular Crossings and EU Asylum and Border Governance

15 February 2017. From 18:30 | Workshop | English | IEMed, Barcelona
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Since 2014, approximately 1.6 million refugees and migrants have reached the coasts of Europe via the Mediterranean. In the same period of time, about 12,000 people have died while trying to cross the sea. The arrival of immigrants and refugees through the central route (from Libya to Italy) and east (from Turkey to Greece) has almost always been treated as a “crisis” in the European political and public debate on the issue in the last few years.

The session reflects on the meanings of the word “crisis” in the context of the rapidly increasing irregular crossings in the Mediterranean and the response of the EU and its member states. It also explores the narratives of the crisis that different actors have built and how these have been mobilized towards a wide range of goals.

The lecture is delivered by Nando Sigona sociologist, Professor in the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, School of Social Policy (University of Birmingham), and Deputy Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity (University of Birmingham). His fields of study include migration, refugees, citizenship and ethnic studies. A founding member of the academic journal Migration Studies and editor of the Oxford Handbook on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, Sigona is also the author of the book Sans Papiers: The Social and Economic Lives of Undocumented Migrantsmand has written in various media such as Newsweek, The Independent, Libération and Open Democracy. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Oxford and European University Institute.



Ricard Zapata

Professor Universitat de Pompeu Fabra

Nando Sigona

Professor University of Birmingham



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