The Disaster of European Refugee Policy: Perspectives from the “Balkan Route”

This volume addresses the mass arrival of migrants and refugees in Europe in 2015 and 2016, and the crisis of response that unfolded across the continent. The chapters critically discuss this crisis and help the reader to understand why the refugees and migrants fled, what kind of response they faced and what was wrong with the reactions of the states. Despite the fact that all the authors are based in Slovenia, the volume transcends this particular state and covers theoretical and practical aspects of the crisis which are not geographically limited to only one country or region. It addresses a variety of audiences, such as students, researchers, sociologists, political scientists, lawyers, geographers and philosophers, and will appeal to those who seek to understand forced migration and refugee protection, states’ responses to migration and asylum seekers, and the rise of hate speech, racism, xenophobia and authoritarianism in Europe.

Igor Ž. Žagar received a PhD in Sociology of Culture from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is Professor of Rhetoric and Argumentation at the University of Primorska and the University of Maribor, Slovenia. He is also Senior Research Fellow and Director at the Centre for Discourse Studies at the Educational Research Institute, Slovenia. He is especially interested in pragmatics, philosophy of language, argumentation, and rhetoric. He is the author and editor of twelve books and more than a hundred articles.

Neža Kogovšek Šalamon received her LLM from the University of Notre Dame, USA, and her PhD in Law from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is a researcher and Director of the Peace Institute in Ljubljana. Her publications include Migration Law in Slovenia (2011), Erased: Citizenship, Residence Rights and the Constitution in Slovenia (2016) and Asylum Systems in the Western Balkans: Current Issues (2016). She is also co-editor of Razor-Wired: Reflections on Migration Movements through Slovenia in 2015 (2016).

Marina Lukšič-Hacin received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and is a research advisor and the Head of the Slovenian Migration Institute at Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She is also Associate Professor of Sociology at the School of Humanities of the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Her research focus includes sociology, migration studies, ethnic studies, multiculturalism, integration and identity.

“The book intrigues and attracts with the combination of two opposite perspectives on the refugee crisis (2015–2016): the first is very concrete, factually detailed, listing all dates, facts, steps of the crisis; the second is more generalized. In it the migrant/refugee crisis provides an occasion for better understanding ourselves, the political and the policies: “the refugee crisis reveals about us, the states we live in and the EU” (p. 46). Among the many merits of the book, I would single out the reconstruction of the “Balkan route”, the discussion of the lack of historical memory, the strengths and limits of the humanitarian approach towards refugees, and the “deep” understanding of the refugee crisis as a crisis of the political. […] The book’s merits unquestionably and categorically exceed the inevitable deficits on this hot political and humanitarian topic. This book will be of interest to a broad readership: researchers, politicians, activists, journalists, students, and people interested in European”
Anna Krasteva
New Bulgarian University, Sofia, Bulgaria; Southeastern Europe, 43, 2019

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ISBN: 1-5275-0870-6

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-0870-5

Release Date: 16th May 2018

Pages: 295

Price: £61.99