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Refugees, Security and the European Union

Leonard, Sarah; Kaunert, Christian


Sarah Leonard
Professor of International Security

Christian Kaunert


This book analyses the extent and the modalities of the securitization of asylum-seekers and refugees in the EU.

The book argues that the development of the EU asylum policy, far from 'securitizing' asylum-seekers and refugees, has led to the strengthening and codification of several rights for these two categories of persons. However, the securitization of terrorism and the links that have been constructed between asylum, irregular migration and terrorism in the wake of the various terrorist attacks that have taken place in Europe in the last few years have had a significant impact on the ability of asylum-seekers to gain access to asylum systems in the EU. From a theoretical point of view, the book develops an original analytical framework that draws upon and further develops security studies - more precisely securitization theory - by connecting it to the literature on policy venues and venue-shopping. It therefore makes a significant contribution to the debates on both securitization and migration.


Leonard, S., & Kaunert, C. (2019). Refugees, Security and the European Union. London: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Book Type Authored Book
Publication Date Jun 25, 2019
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Edition 1st
ISBN 9780415539432
Keywords refugees, European Union, Europe, security, securitization, borders, asylum, migration, crisis, terrorism
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