This communication explores how the Arab democratic wave affect(ed) the migratory fluxes within the Mediterranean region and aims to deconstruct the common perception of “immigrant invasion” in Europe. The increased instability of the Mediterranean region has highlighted the migratory pressure and triggered two massive refugee crises in Southern Mediterranean, Libya and Syria. The political and social tensions of the Arab Spring have shaken these states economies and have changed migration patterns and challenged regional security. Nevertheless, the Arab Spring did not cause a massive influx of migration to Europe. On the contrary, the population affected looked for shelter mostly in neighbouring countries (South-South mobility). Focusing in the MENA countries, it is our aim to deconstruct these perceptions of large-scalefluxes regarding Mediterranean migrations and analyse how the securitisation process is changing the European border management.
|Title of host publication||Actas VI Jornadas de Estudios de Seguridad|
|Place of Publication||Madrid|
|Publisher||Instituto Universitario General Gutiérrez Mellado|
|Number of pages||27|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2014|
|Event||VI Jornadas de Estudios de Seguridad - Madrid , Spain|
Duration: 20 May 2014 → 22 May 2014
|Conference||VI Jornadas de Estudios de Seguridad|
|Period||20/05/14 → 22/05/14|
- Arab Spring
Ferreira, S. (2014). Mediterranean immigration in the post-Arab Spring: (de)constructing myths of large-mass migrations. In M. Requena (Ed.), Actas VI Jornadas de Estudios de Seguridad (pp. 190-216). Madrid: Instituto Universitario General Gutiérrez Mellado.