Migration and security

What are the implications of increasingly framing migration as endangering society? Starting from current UK and European political discourse on migration, I will briefly introduce two ways of approaching these discourses. The first is asking whether the claims about the dangers of migration are true or false. The second approach is to ask what effects this discourse produces in and for a society.

The main aim is to introduce that the key political question of migration and security is not whether or not migration is a security problem but rather whether or not we should try to deal with migration as a security problem in the first place.

Presentation time: 
Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 - 12:30

Jef Huysman

Jef Huysmans is Professor of Security Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and Director of the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance at the Open University. He is also Co-Editor in Chief of the journal International Political Sociology, sponsored by the International Studies Association.