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
Over the past few years, the EU has experienced a significant surge in the inflow of migrants and refugees, one that has challenged the EU’s internal cohesion and has often been speciously used by populist and nationalist movements to fuel public concerns. At the same time, terrorist attacks have multiplied across Europe, some of them perpetrated by first or second generation immigrants claiming allegiance to Islamic fundamentalist groups. Despite all the efforts made by EU institutions to problematize the connection between migration and terrorism, the link is ever more immediately drawn within the public debate, with repercussions in the public perception of the two phenomena. The implications in terms of policy approaches, but also in the normative sphere, are manifold, and a deeper reflection on the precise terms of such implications is in order.
On a global level, ethical issues are raised not only by terrorist groups smuggling and trafficking migrants in view of a financial profit but also by the evidence that massive migration and terrorist radicalization may also be regarded as having some common roots in persistent global inequalities. Moreover, some of the measures undertaken to fight global terrorism have in fact generated more refugees. All these cases have important ethical implications and call for an attentive reflection on what may be considered a just response by the international/global community.
There is no easy solution to the clash among differing justice claims, but a scholarly reflection on these issues might help us contribute to a more educated public and political debate, at both a regional and global level, and to some extent to contain the securitization trends that seem to inform the reactions to these phenomena, despite their being at variance with most 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.
Monday, 4 June (Room: Church)
15.00 – 15.30 Welcome and introduction
Filippo Andreatta, Director of the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna
Stefano Bianchini, Head of the Forlì Campus of the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna
Sonia Lucarelli, GLOBUS Team leader, University of Bologna
Helene Sjursen, GLOBUS Coordinator, ARENA Centre for European Studies
15.30 – 16.30 Keynote speech
Roderick Parkes, Senior Analyst, European Union Institute for Security Studies
16.30 – 18.30 Round Table – The Migration-Terrorism Alleged Nexus and Global Justice.
Chair: Sonia Lucarelli, University of Bologna.
Marco Balboni, University of Bologna
Jeff Crisp, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford
Thomas Diez, GLOBUS Team leader, University of Tübingen
Sebastiano Maffettone, LUISS University Rome
Dario Melossi, University of Bologna
19.00 Aperitif on the terrace
Tuesday, 5 July
(Room Jacopo da Bertinoro)
09.00 – 10.30 Paper Session – The EU, migration and terrorism – Part 1
Chair: Helene Sjursen, ARENA Centre for European Studies
The EU’s ‘fight against terrorism’: The threat of the ‘returning foreign fighter’, counter-terrorism and the securitization of migration, travel and border control, Christopher Baker-Beall, Nottingham Trent University
Testing the limits of the EU’s comprehensive approach to crisis management: the case of Syrian migrants, Nikola Tomic, University College Dublin
Migration and Terrorism in Europe: The Impact of Schengen, Sarah Léonard, Vesalius College, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Discussant: James Sperling, University of Akron
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 12.30 Paper Session – The EU, migration and terrorism – Part 2
Chair: Pundy Pillay, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Terrorism and the Securitization of Refugees in Europe, Christian Kaunert, University of South Wales
The Migration to the Jihad: The Mirror of the Desire, Wael Garnaoui, Paris Diderot University
The Migration-Terrorism Nexus in the West since the proclamation of the “caliphate”: An Empirical Analysis, Francesco Marone, ISPI, University of Pavia
Discussant: Ben Tonra, GLOBUS Team leader, University College Dublin
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Paper session – Securitizing migration at home – Part 1
Chair: Thomas Diez, University of Tübingen
Detention as a Field of Ambivalence: Radicalization and Deradicalization in the Italian Prison System, Alvise Sbraccia, University of Bologna
Terrorists in America: Imported or ‘Made in America’?, Jim Sperling, University of Akron
Fear and Exclusion: the securitisation of Rohingya refugees in India, Jessica Field, Jindal Global University
Discussant: Michela Ceccorulli, University of Bologna
15.30 – 15.45 Coffee Break
15.45 – 17.45 The view of the stakeholders
Chair: Sonia Lucarelli, University of Bologna
Federico Soda, International Organisation for Migrations
Michele Tarlao, Head of the Italian State Police trade union (Silp-CGIL)
Leonello Gabrici, European External Action Service, Director of the division Migration and Human Security
Wednesday, 6 June (Room Jacopo da Bertinoro)
9.00 – 10.30 Paper Session – Securitizing migration at home – Part 2
Chair: Antonio Zotti, University of Bologna
When the opposites attract. The relationship between foreign policy and the migration-terrorism nexus in the French far right and radical left discourse, Silvia D’Amato, University of Florence
Positional insecurity and the attack to the ideas of global justice in Hungary, Attila Melegh and Anna Vancso, Corvinus University of Budapest.
Discussant: Enrico Fassi, Catholic University Milan
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee break
10.45 – 12.45 Round Table – Maritime Operations in the Mediterranean: Security and Human Rights Considerations
Chair: Marco Borraccetti, University of Bologna
Giorgio Grappi, University of Bologna
Giorgia Linardi, Legal Adviser and Mission Coordinator for External Relations, Sea-Watch
Ben Tonra, University College Dublin
Alexandre Serrano, NATO Operation Sea Guardian
Ettore Socci, EU Operation Sophia (EUNAVFOR MED)
12.45 Lunch and departures
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for paper circulation
The accepted participants should send the full paper to the organizers by May 15, 2018.