Event date:
14 February 2017
13:30 to 14:30
Humanities Graduate Centre Seminar Room,
South West Engineering Building,
University of the Witwatersrand East Campus, Johannesburg


The presentation addresses the recent “refugee crisis” in the EU, diverging responses between “old” and “new” member states and subsequent streamlining towards deterrent migration policy, rising xenophobia, and populism. Against the background of the development of the EU’s enlargement and migration policy, multiple gaps between policy goals and outcomes are identified, giving rise to anti-migration responses and challenging the EU project in general. It is argued that the EU needs an institutional rebalancing in terms of an alternative that promotes European solidarities, social protection, “decent work” and a right-based mobility/migration regime.