21. Nov 2020
 —  CET
Panel

Being at the Gate: The External Dimension of European Crisis Management

  • N. Ela Gokalp Aras
  • Lena Karamanidou
  • Nadina Leivaditi
  • Eva Papatzani
  • Veronica Federico
  • Monika Szulecka
  • Fatima Ibrahim
  • Sabine Hess
  • Bernd Kasparek

The recent fire that has destroyed Europe’s largest refugee camp Moria on the Greek island of Lesvos, has brought to the fore the question of the situation of the countries along the European external border with new urgency. Right from the beginning, the foundation of the common European migration policy was coupled with a strong notion of a fortified external border and a “neighborhood policy” trying to integrate the EU’s adjacent countries into its control rational. The Dublin regulation turned out to assign the responsibility to take charge of most of the asylum cases to the “front-line states”. The growing numbers of arriving refugee-migrants over the last years have increasingly challenged these countries, while the way the EU is responding as a whole also seems to extraordinarily put the weight of crisis management on these countries on both sides of the external border. This is particularly evident in the recently announced “New Pact on Migration and Asylum” despite its attempt to introduce a notion of “flexible solidarity”.

The panel brings together RESPOND team members from six bordering countries who discuss the implications of the strong external dimension of the crisis management on border policies, protection and receptions infrastructures and what this means for the societies involved. The role of different national and European agencies like FRONTEX will be scrutinized and main political tendencies, such as push-backs and militarization characterizing the new post-2015 borderscapes will be discussed.


    Speakers

  • Panelist

    N. Ela Gokalp Aras is a senior research fellow and P.I. of the RESPOND Project at the Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (SRII). She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of the Middle East Technical University. She has worked as a lecturer and assistant professor in the International Relations departments at different universities. She holds over nineteen years of experience in project management. Her research and teaching focus on European integration, EU-Turkey relations, international migration and asylum regimes, border regimes, human rights, and project management.

  • Panelist

    Lena Karamanidou is a Research Fellow at the Glasgow Caledonian University and senior researcher in the RESPOND project. She holds a PhD in Sociology of the City University of London. Her research interests include borders and the European border regime – especially in relation to the region of Evros, Greece -, pushback practices, Frontex and human rights accountability.

  • Panelist

    Nadina Leivaditi is member of the RESPOND team of the University of Aegean (Greece) and is working on her PhD thesis concerning the various aspects of “reception” and “hospitality” of unaccompanied minors in the island of Lesvos. She studied Social Anthropology and History at the University of the Aegean and earned her Master degree in Architectural Design - Space – Culture at the National Technical University of Athens. Against the background of the refugee crisis (2015-2016), she moved to Lesvos to work for the NGO PRAKSIS and coordinated programs on protection assistance for children and vulnerable people on the move. As a field researcher she also participated in various research projects focusing on refugee’s educational support (“Press”, funded by the Hellenic Open University) and family reunification procedures and implications for unaccompanied children in Greece (funded by NGO Safe Passage UK).

  • Panelist

    Eva Papatzani is member of the RESPOND team of the University of Aegean (Greece), and a Ph.D. candidate in Urban and Regional Planning at the School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). Her doctoral thesis is entitled: “Migration, diversity, and negotiations of cohabitation in the neighbourhoods of Athens: Governance policies and everyday practices”, and has been supported with scholarship from the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) and the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (HFRI). During the last years, she has worked as a researcher in different research programs on migration in Greece. Her research interests focus on migration, diversity, geographies of immigrants’ settlement in urban space, socio-spatial segregation and approximation, interethnic relationships, the spatial dimensions of urban, social, asylum and housing policies, and the ways the latter affect immigrants’ and refugees’ everyday life in the city.

  • Panelist

    Veronica Federico is the Italian team’s P.I. for the RESPOND research. She is Professor of Comparative Public Law at the University of Florence. Principal investigator for the University of Florence in the following EU funded Horizon 2020 projects: TransSOL, on transnational solidarity; SIRIUS, on refugees, asylum seekers and migrants’ integration in European labour markets; and D.RAD, on radicalization and de-radicalisation processes. Her research interests include: Migration studies; African studies; African Comparative Constitutional Law; Fundamental and Human rights; Constitutional and Democratic Transitions.

  • Panelist

    Monika Szulecka works for the Institute of Law Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. She has graduated in Political Science at the University of Warsaw. Since 2007 she has collaborated with the Centre of Migration Research of the University of Warsaw. Between 2018-2019 she was a researcher in the Polish team of the RESPOND project. Her scientific interests relate to the fields of economic migration, migration and asylum policy, prevention of irregular migration and undeclared work of foreigners. She conducts studies devoted to immigration and asylum law in action, as well as to the phenomenon of criminalisation of migration.

  • Panelist

    Fatima A. Ibrahim spent most of her professional career working with several newspapers and media outlets as a communications and social media specialist, journalist, and editor. Her field of interest includes social and political issues concerning the Middle East, Arabs, and Muslims. She is currently the manager of Refugees=Partners project, an independent research-based initiative implemented in coordination between the Lebanese Economic Association (LEA) and the Syrian Centre for Policy Research (SCPR), to promote an inclusive socio-economic environment by creating a counter-narrative on rights and protection of Syrian refugees through advocacy, social activism and calls for policy change. She is a Master’s graduate of Arts in Communication Studies from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.

  • Chair

    Sabine Hess is the German team’s P.I. for the RESPOND research on border management and migration control. She is a full professor of Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology at the University of Göttingen since 2011. She specializes in migration and border studies focusing on forms of transnationalisation and Europeanisation with a specific interest in the external border region in South-Eastern Europe. She is a founding member of the European interdisciplinary “Network on critical migration and border studies” (kritnet) and of the editorial board of “movements. Journal on Critical Border and Migration Regime Studies.”

  • Chair

    Bernd Kasparek is a cultural anthropologist and mathematician. He is currently working at the Institute for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology of Göttingen University as a researcher on European border policies in the RESPOND project. He specialises in migration and border regime research with a particular focus on the European Union. In his dissertation, he develops a genealogical-ethnographical account of the europeanisation of border policies with a particular focus on the EU's border agency Frontex. He is a founding member of the European interdisciplinary Network for critical migration and border regime studies (kritnet) and of the editorial board of movements. Journal for Critical Border and Migration Regime Studies.