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The next GRITIM-UPF Seminar Series entitled: "A Comparison between the US-Mexico and the Mediterranean Approaches to Migration and Asylum Policies" will take place January 14th, 2021.

The next GRITIM-UPF Seminar Series entitled: "A Comparison between the US-Mexico and the Mediterranean Approaches to Migration and Asylum Policies" will take place January 14th, 2021.

07.01.2021

 

The next 2020-21 GRITIM-UPF Seminar Series will be led by John Palmer (GRITIM-UPF), Cristina Mar (Ara Newspaper, Catalonia, Spain) and Chaired by Sevda Tunaboylu (GRITIM-UPF). This session will be a migration debate entitled: A Comparison between the US-Mexico and the Mediterranean Approaches to Migration and Asylum Policies.

Details:

  • Date: Thursday January 14th, 2021
  • Time: 15:00 - 18:00
  • Place: Zoom Meeting, please note the registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Register here

Framework: Although migration is a fact in today’s world, there is a growing tendency on the part of nation states to adopt increasingly restrictive policies. This tendency has long roots but it has accelerated in Europe following the “long summer of migration” (Altenried, Moritz et al. 2018) in 2015 and in the United States following the election of Donald Trump. Migration across the Mediterranean and across the US-Mexico borders has become a central focus of policy debates.
In the USA, Trump used a clear anti-immigration discourse early in his presidential campaign and has continued to employ this since becoming president. His policies have included building a wall at the Mexican border, mass deportations, increased use of detention, forcible separation of children from their parents, increased denaturalization of US citizens, and a travel ban that he originally proposed as expressly targeted at Muslims. In the Mediterranean region, the European response to the millions of people fleeing the Syrian war and political and economic unrest in some African regions has involved border externalization and increased border controls, including the building of fences at external borders, increased sea controls, containment of irregular arrivals in hotspots and deportations based on the “safe third country” concept. Both Europe and North America have also witnessed a resurgence of populism and nationalism.
While the US and European policies were implemented at the expense of human rights, it is not clear how much they have actually affected the decision-making and actions of people on the move. Images of people in overcrowded boats on the Mediterranean, bodies of dead migrants, people living in degrading conditions of “hotspot” camps at the borders suggest that people are willing to migrate despite the repressive policies.

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