Hilary Term 2016

“Open the Way” Understanding the Mediterranean Refugee Crisis

Thursdays 14:00 - 15:30
Seminar Room, The Pauling Centre, 58a Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6QS

Convened by: Franck Düvell

COMPAS Seminar Series, Thursdays, Hilary Term 2016

During the ‘Summer of Migration 2015’ over one million people, mostly refugees, arrived in the EU; around 3,700 died in search of protection. In Edirne (Turkey), Idomeni (Greece), Budapest (Hungary) and elsewhere, refugees demonstrated and demanded ‘Open the Way’. Sometimes, they overran border control posts, control operations became rescue operations and subsequently borders were opened and onward migration facilitated. Thousands of volunteers lined the routes to welcome the arrivals and provide humanitarian assistance. But the German mantra ‘we will manage’ successively turned into  ‘enough is enough’, and across Europe tensions reach new heights. The events have led to multiple crises: a migration and refugee crisis, a humanitarian crisis, a crisis of border controls and a crisis of the EU. This seminar series contributes to unravelling the migration and refugee crisis, looking at issues such as the dynamics of migration, the politics of number games, the ‘dirty deal’ of the EU with Turkey, and responses by civil society as well as the suffering of individuals.

The seminar series is related to the ESRC project Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis


21 January

Unravelling the Mediterranean migration crisis: Reflections from the field

Heaven Crawley, Coventry University

28 January

The Mediterranean policy crisis: Evidence for policy. Do the data on arrivals and on deaths inform policy discourse?

Ann Singleton, University of Bristol

04 February

Migrant subjectivities and crisis narratives in the Euro-Mediterranean region

Michael Collyer, University of Sussex

11 February

Can the EU-Turkey Deal slow down the flow of refugees to Europe?

Metin Corabatir, Research Centre on Asylum and Migration (IGAM), Ankara

18 February

Leaving 'the crisis' behind: Sea arrivals, reception regime and the normalisation of the emergency in Italy

Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham

25 February

The road to Calais: Migration, trauma and the challenges of local reconciliation

Benedict Coleridge, University of Oxford

03 March

Humanitarian and medical assistance for people on the move: MSF experience and challenges

Apostolos Veizis, Médecins Sans Frontières

10 March

The refugee crisis and the rule of law. An uneasy match?

Cathryn Costello, University of Oxford

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