Ebook - Beyond the migration and asylum crisis - Options and lessons for Europe

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Language: English

Edition: January 2017

Edited by: Ferruccio Pastore

Series: Aspen Italia Views 



Publisher: Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana - founded by Giovanni Treccani
Editorial coordination: Roberto Menotti
Series coordination: Paola Fienga
© Aspen Institute Italia e Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana fondata da Giovanni Treccani


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Migration and asylum policies have long been a peripheral and low-priority field in the wider domain of European politics. Since 2015, this has fundamentally changed. The dramatic shortcomings in the management of cross-Mediterranean “mixed migration” flows have triggered a politically devastating governance crisis. The reduction in arrivals brought about by the signature of a controversial deal between the EU and Turkey has temporarily assuaged the sense of emergency. But the structural weaknesses and political contradictions that caused the crisis remain unresolved.

Europe’s Achilles’ heel is more exposed than ever: after the Brexit vote and Trump’s victory, migration issues are far from having exhausted  their potential to generate political shocks. Future rounds  of political elections in France, Germany and elsewhere  might bring further evidence.

This ebook approaches this decisive set of issues in a timely way, though not in the spirit of an “instant book”. In Part I, it provides a broad reconstruction of the deep historical roots of the current situation, followed by a critical appraisal of the key drivers in European policy responses, and by some thoughtful recommendations on  possible strategic adjustments. Part II brings together the  authoritative and forward-looking voices of eleven renowned  scholars and experts from different geographical areas (several EU countries, but also the South and East  Mediterranean and North America) and disciplinary backgrounds (from political science to sociology and  international relations).

Each of them adds to our understanding of the complexity of such a multi-faceted crisis. All together, they provide the reader with a rich and original orientation toolkit in a tormented landscape that is changing fast but will not disappear soon.