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EU Migration Management and the Social Purpose of European Integration

The Spillover of Misery


Part of the IMISCOE Research Series book series (IMIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos
    Pages 1-11
  3. Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos
    Pages 13-41
  4. Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos
    Pages 65-79
  5. Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos
    Pages 81-97
  6. Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos
    Pages 99-115
  7. Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos
    Pages 145-163
  8. Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos
    Pages 165-171

About this book


This book provides a critical analysis of irregular migration to Europe from a neo-Gramscian perspective. It demonstrates how the contemporary EU migration management regime came about within the context of a neoliberal hegemonic project, which in turn was advanced using neofunctionalist methods of integration. Relying on field research that was carried out in Bulgaria, Italy, Germany and Greece, the book also describes how European migration management is experienced by irregular migrants themselves. It suggests that the social purpose of migration management cannot be understood without assessing the experiences of the objects of migration regimes. The 2015 migration crisis revealed that large-scale migration has the potential to undermine some of the greatest achievements of the European integration project such as the Schengen system and open internal borders. This book shows that this fragility is the result of inherent contradictions within the neoliberal hegemonic project for the European Union.  As such this book is an interesting read for academics, students, policy makers and all those working in international migration and European integration.


Irregular migration European integration Spillover of misery Domino effect Global context of migration Migration management Migration to Europe Neofunctionalism Border controls Human smuggling Reification Asylum management Migrant labour Xenophobia European integration discourse Marxism Neo-Gramscian theory Hegemony Underdevelopment Transnational migration

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.ESSCA School of ManagementThe EU-Asia InstituteAngers Cedex 01France

About the authors

Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos completed his PhD at the University of Liverpool Management School after having graduated as an MA in European Studies from Maastricht University and as a BA of International Relations from Swansea University. His research interests include European migration policy, neo-Gramscian theory, international political economy and European space policy. While he is active in academia as an associate professor at ESSCA School of Management Angers, he is also the head of the migration/integration department at Arbeit und Leben Sachsen in Leipzig.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title EU Migration Management and the Social Purpose of European Integration
  • Book Subtitle The Spillover of Misery
  • Authors Harald Köpping Athanasopoulos
  • Series Title IMISCOE Research Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title IMISCOE Research Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-42039-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-42042-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-42040-6
  • Series ISSN 2364-4087
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-4095
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 171
  • Number of Illustrations 5 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Migration
    International Economics
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