‘Securitizing’ Migration Crises: The European Union, North Africa and Transatlantic Regional Cooperation

  • Michela Ceccorulli
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


Dealing with migration is increasingly becoming a peculiar facet of contemporary global politics. In particular, migration is assuming a greater role insofar as it is increasingly addressed as a security issue. Thus, dealing with migration implies more than a management challenge: it entails grappling with a phenomenon that is viewed by many as an overall security threat to the stability of the international order. Partly because of this security connotation (which is connected to a socio-political phenomenon that could be generally defined as ‘securiti-zation’), states and international organizations have resorted to a variety of governance processes based on cooperation and coordination, which include the participation of third actors. Given the cross-border nature of migration, the regional dimension assumes a paramount relevance. Ideally, the management of migration would encompass interregional patterns of coordination, which help identify more appropriate solutions to transnational movements of people. This would ultimately allow the development of a comprehensive dialogue among origin, transit and destination countries, putting on the table available tools and incentives to manage existing and potential flows.


European Union Terrorist Attack Asylum Seeker Homeland Security Migration Management 
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