This is a book about the crisis of the European integration project as seen from the vantage point of people's movements across and to the European continent. But why should the issue of refugees or of migration have anything to do with the dynamics of the integration or disintegration of the European Union? If anything, the existing global refugee protection regime was conceived in Europe at about the time when Europe began to integrate: It was seen as a moral imperative in the context of European solidarity and in the face of crisis. How did refugee protection become so controversial as to usher in a crisis of its own? Why do European governments and their peoples see refugees and migrants as the cause of a crisis in and of Europe? Solidarity, legitimacy, democracy, welfare, rights: How has refugee migration undermined European positions on all that has defined EU integration so far?
This collection engages with these questions by focusing on the construction of the crisis narrative, offering an insight into distinctly European perspectives on and analyses of political responses to refugees, migration, and economic challenges. The aim of the volume is to provide an empirical and thematic context for understanding the link between refugee migration and the overpowering perception of Europe in crisis.
Dr Timofey Agarin is a Lecturer in Politics and Ethnic Conflict at Queen's University, Belfast. He is particularly interested in relationships between the state and society, interrelations between the majority and the minority, issues relating to non-discrimination in the wider Europe and the impact of European integration broadly conceived on societal change. At the heart of it, his interest in ethnic politics and their impact on transition from communism is concerned with non-discrimination, minority protection, migration, and civil society. He is currently a principle investigator on the ESRC-funded project Exclusion Amid Inclusion: Power-Sharing and Non-Dominant Minorities and is leading several research networks, PSA Specialist Group "Ethnopolitics" and IPSA Research Committee "Politics and Ethnicity".
Nevena Nancheva is a Lecturer in Politics, International Relations and Human Rights at Kingston University, London, and a researcher at the Centre for Research on Communities, Identities and Difference. She has written on European integration, nationalism, national minorities, and refugee migration. Her 2016-2017 research project EU Migrants in the UK: Political Community, Identity and Security is funded by the British Academy / Leverhulme Trust. She is the co-founder of an academic research network on EU migration (eu-migrants.net).