Europe, migration and the new politics of (in)security

Lead Academic: Dr Alexandra Hall (University of York)

Dr Emma Briant (University of Sheffield)
Dr Deirdre Conlon (University of Leeds)

European countries face pressing problems in the wake of recent unprecedented levels of global forced migration. As a security and humanitarian issue, the migration crisis necessitates closer cooperation between and beyond European countries: intelligence sharing, counter-terror measures and joint border operations. Simultaneously, austerity and falling welfare budgets are fuelling exclusionary policies, a retreat from the Union and a re-assertion of sovereign borders. On all sides of the debate, actors invoke the ‘new’ insecurities generated by the crisis – from refugee vulnerability to mobile terrorist threats. Europe’s current crisis, however, is re-posing perennial political, social and moral problems related to (in)security. Indeed, the claim that Europe’s migration and security crisis is entirely new must be treated critically.
This project will establish a White Rose-led international research network to examine Europe’s ‘new’ politics of (in)security. More specifically, it will focus attention on what the claim to novelty allows governing bodies to do in the name of security: enrol new actors in managing migration; authorise new surveillance technologies, constrain citizens’ freedoms and limit migrant protection. The project will interrogate the relationship between mobility and security in the contemporary crisis and ask how deep-seated social, economic and cultural divisions are being rearticulated

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Dr Majella Kilkey (University of Sheffield, Department of Sociological Studies)
Dr Hannah Lewis (University of Sheffield, Department of Sociological Studies)
Dr Aneta Piekut (University of Sheffield, Sheffield Methods Institute)
Dr Joe Turner (University of Sheffield, Department of Politics)
Dr Gabriella Alberti (University of Leeds, Leeds University Business School)
Dr Paul Bagguley (University of Leeds, School of Sociology and Social Policy)
Dr Yasmin Hussain (University of Leeds, School of Sociology and Social Policy)
Dr Louise Waite (University of Leeds, School of Geography)
Dr Philippe Frowd (University of York, Department of Politics)
Dr Nisha Kapoor (University of York, Department of Sociology)
Dr Gareth Millington (University of York, Department of Sociology)
Dr Alice Nah (University of York, Centre for Applied Human Rights)
Dr Simon Robbins (University of York, Centre for
Applied Human Rights)
Dr Katy Sian (University of York, Department of Sociology)