Human (In)security and Irregular Migration: The Atlantic Basin

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This chapter addresses irregular migration in the Atlantic Basin from the perspective of human security in a time of rising nationalism and increasing separation between us (nationals) and them (non-nationals). Human security allows a new understanding over the securitization of irregular migration. Nevertheless, after analysing and comparing security strategic documents from ten countries, the national security paradigm still prevails over the human security one. Without a strong state commitment to human security, states cannot be accountable for it and therefore human security may end up being just a dream of international institutions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEvolving Human Security Challenges in the Atlantic Space
Editors Nuno Severiano Teixeira, Daniel Marcos
PublisherBrookings Institution Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781733733946
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Human security
  • National security
  • Irregular migration
  • Atlantic Basin


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