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Refugee flows and terrorism in the European Union: Securitization through association

L�onard, Sarah; Kaunert, Christian

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Authors

Sarah Leonard Sarah4.Leonard@uwe.ac.uk
Professor of International Security

Christian Kaunert



Abstract

This article contributes to the debates on the securitization of asylum and migration in Europe by focussing on the securitization of asylum-seekers through their association with terrorism during the ‘refugee crisis’, which coincided with a ‘terrorism crisis’, in 2015–2016. Theoretically, it argues that, whilst the intrinsic characteristics of some issues mean that they are unlikely to be directly securitized, they may be indirectly securitized through their association with another issue that has come to be widely accepted as a security threat, such as terrorism or a pandemic. Empirically, the article shows how asylum-seekers, who had not been securitized in Europe in the aftermath of 9/11, became socially constructed as a security threat indirectly through their association with terrorism in 2015–2016. This association mainly took place through the deployment of specific practices. Recent events suggest that the securitization of asylum-seekers in the EU has had enduring effects.

Citation

Léonard, S., & Kaunert, C. (2021). Refugee flows and terrorism in the European Union: Securitization through association. International Politics, https://doi.org/10.1057/s41311-021-00359-4

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 13, 2021
Online Publication Date Oct 27, 2021
Publication Date Oct 27, 2021
Deposit Date Jan 18, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2021
Journal International Politics
Print ISSN 1384-5748
Electronic ISSN 1740-3898
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/s41311-021-00359-4
Keywords securitization; European Union; refugees; asylum-seekers; counter-terrorism; hotspot 2
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/8581159
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1057/s41311-021-00359-4.pdf

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