Migrants, migration and the security paradigm: constraints and opportunities

Collyer, Michael (2006) Migrants, migration and the security paradigm: constraints and opportunities. Mediterranean Politics, 11 (2). pp. 255-270. ISSN 1362-9395

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Scholars of migration have struggled with the concept of security since it was first connected with migrants in the early 1990s. The initial reaction was frequently a total rejection of any association between the two, emphasizing the usually negative effects of the security discourse on migrants. The security paradigm is now becoming so ingrained that it is impossible to ignore the impact of security concerns on the development of migration policy. This article examines the historical development of the security approach through the response to Algerian migrants in France over the decade from 1993 to 2003. This leads to the development of a critical security position that does not reject the security focus but combines it with a constructivist approach in an attempt to explain recent developments in attitudes to migrants and migration in Europe.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Special issue: transnational Islam and regional security: cooperation and diversity between Europe and North Africa.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Geography
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General) > G0001 Geography (General)
Depositing User: Michael Collyer
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:20
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 09:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/11822
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