Troubling contemporary developments in Europe have been captured in the phrases ‘refugee crisis’ and ‘security crisis’—indeed these have become interlinked in a moral panic about ‘migration’. Yet the numbers involved in both cases do not bear out the ‘crisis’ talk. Both are manageable, when compared with much larger refugee intakes elsewhere in the world and Europe’s prior experience with refugees fleeing a collapsing Yugoslavia, and when compared with violence elsewhere in the world and in Europe in the 1970s, respectively. Europe has pursued policies of ‘externalization’ towards refugees and ‘securitization’ towards violence, which have not been successful in their own terms and conflict with convention obligations. And the real challenge has been misrecognized—how to manage the growing cultural diversity of Europe in a more effective and normatively adequate manner.
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