Type
Working paper
Title
Migration as crisis. Framework paper
In
MAGYC Working Paper
Author(s)
CANTAT Céline - Centre de recherches internationales (CERI) (Author)
THIOLLET Hélène - Centre de recherches internationales (Author)
PÉCOUD Antoine - Centre de Recherche sur les Actions Locales (P13) (Author)
Editor
The Migration Governance and Asylum Crises project
Collection
MAGYC Working Paper
Keywords
migration crisis, Europe, policy discourses, media discourses, academic discourses
Abstract
EN
This framework paper intends to construct the 2015 “migration crisis” as a scientific object, moving away from the naturalisation of the crisis operated in media and political discourses and rather exploring the dynamics of migration crisis-making. To do so, it offers a insights on the semantic and political genealogy of the notion in the context of Western European discourses. We argue that an ideal type or generic “migration crisis” was brought about in the early 2010s, building upon previous situated crises in discourses produced on migration. This ideal type is constructed as a category of power, which in turn gives way to particular ways of dealing with and responding to migration. Therefore, in line with previous work, this paper adopts a constructivist stance on crises that seeks to investigate “migration as crisis” in policy, media and academic discourses.

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