The EU and protracted displacement: providing solutions or creating obstacles?

Ferreira, Nuno, Kea, Pamela, Kraler, Albert and Wagner, Martin (2022) The EU and protracted displacement: providing solutions or creating obstacles? Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. ISSN 1369-183X (Accepted)

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Abstract

In this paper, we explore how the European Union (EU) legal and policy framework relates to protracted displacement. To this end, we examine the existing legal, policy and institutional framework both in the EU and globally, including the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), the 2015 ‘European Agenda on Migration’, and the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. Analytically, we employ Norbert Elias’ concept of ‘figurations’ as a conceptual lens to describe and identify distinct constellations of relationships, norms and social interactions between different actors shaping approaches towards protracted displacement. We argue that policies on protracted displacement are shaped by a triangle of three figurations – the migration security figuration, the humanitarian refugee relief figuration, and the protection-rights figuration. We trace how the migration-security figuration has gained the upper hand in recent years and what this means for EU policies addressing protracted displacement. We conclude that the EU is an actor that facilitates, rather than addresses, protracted displacement, and the Pact on Migration and Asylum further cements that role.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: refugees, asylum, protracted displacement, European Union, CEAS, New Pact on Migration and Asylum
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
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Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2022 15:18
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2022 15:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/106422

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