Between Rights and Fear: Evaluating the Migration-Terrorism Nexus in Europe

A workshop on migration and terrorism will be held at the University of Bologna in June 2018. 

About the workshop

In the past few years, the EU has seen significant arrivals of migrants and refugees that have challenged the EU’s internal cohesion and have been instrumentally used by populist and nationalist movements to raise public concerns. At the same time, terrorist attacks have multiplied in Europe, some perpetrated by migrants of first or second generation claiming allegiance to Islamic fundamentalist groups.

For all the effort made by EU institutions to avoid that a connection is immediately drawn between migration and terrorism, the link is all the more repeated in the public debate. This has repercussions for the public perception of the relationship between the two phenomena. The implications in terms of policy approaches, but also of normative considerations, are manifold – yet a reflection on the precise terms of such implications is necessary. 

At the same time, at the global level, not only terrorist groups might undertake smuggling and trafficking of migrants to earn money. It is also possible to claim that massive migration and terrorist radicalization have some common roots in persistent global inequalities. Moreover, some of the measures undertaken to fight global terrorism have in fact produced more refugees. All these cases have ethical implications and call for an attentive reflection on what we could consider a just response by the international community. 

There is no easy solution to the clash of justice claims, but a scholarly reflection on these issues might help us contributing to a public and political debate, at both the regional and the global levels, whose securitization traits run against any justice criteria. 

To discuss these topics, the University of Bologna Team of GLOBUS organizes a workshop at the University Centre of Bertinoro, on June 4-6, 2018. 

The workshop has four main aims: 

  1. Evaluate the relations between terrorism and migration at the global level, exploring the ethical implications 
  2. Study the social construction through narratives and practices of the link between migration and terrorism in European societies. 
  3. Study the link between terrorism and migration in the EU’s foreign policy and in the global governance of migration 
  4. Study the tension between different justice claims through case-studies We welcome proposals for papers relevant to any of the above aims. 


Participants from GLOBUS partner institutions are expected to cover their own travel expenses while the organizers will cover their local living expenses (meals and hotel). The other participants will have their expenses fully covered. 


The deadline for proposals has now passed. Please acknowledge that only a limited number of papers will be accepted due to space constraints in the workshop programme. Any questions should be directed to or

Deadline for paper circulation

The accepted participants should send the full paper to the organizers by May 15, 2018.

Tags: Migration
Published Oct. 23, 2017 5:41 PM - Last modified Jan. 11, 2018 10:51 AM