The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance
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The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance

Edited by Andrew Geddes, Marcia Vera Espinoza, Leila Hadj Abdou and Leiza Brumat

This book analyses the dynamics of regional migration governance and accounts for why, how and with what effects states cooperate with each other in diverse forms of regional grouping on aspects of international migration, displacement and mobility. The book develops a framework for analysis of comparative regional migration governance to support a distinct and truly global approach accounting for developments in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America and the many and varying forms that regional arrangements can take in these regions.
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Chapter 6: The ambivalent drivers of migration governance relations between the EU and Tunisia

Luca Lixi


This chapter analyses EU–Tunisian migration relations. It develops an actor-centred perspective on migration governance, analysing how actors at different levels are playing a role in driving ‘hierarchical’ and ‘horizontal’ migration relations. Hierarchical relations are understood as the formal and vertical political relations. These retain importance, although they are found to take place within a context that is being changed by extensive informal and horizontal interactions between governance actors across the two shores. The chapter analyses the way in which actors in these different levels, understood as situated agents, define the challenges with which they are confronted. It finds that securitised political frames define understandings and action of actors operating in a ‘hierarchical’ setting. However, other actors escape such political pressures, operating in a more ‘horizontal’ setting where alternative understandings of causes and consequences of migration emerge, framed as a normal output of socio-economic transformation in the EU and Tunisia, rather than as an emergency to be curbed.

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