Mediterranean immigration in the post-Arab Spring: (de)constructing myths of large-mass migrations

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationActas VI Jornadas de Estudios de Seguridad
EditorsMiguel Requena
Place of PublicationMadrid
PublisherInstituto Universitario General Gutiérrez Mellado
Pages190-216
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)9788461707997
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
EventVI Jornadas de Estudios de Seguridad - Madrid , Spain
Duration: 20 May 201422 May 2014

Conference

ConferenceVI Jornadas de Estudios de Seguridad
CountrySpain
CityMadrid
Period20/05/1422/05/14

Keywords

  • Mediterranean
  • Immigration
  • Arab Spring
  • Security
  • Refugees

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