Speaker: Apostolos G. Papadopoulos
Professor of Human Geography, Department of Geography, Harokopio University of Athens; Visiting Research Fellow, Regent’s Centre for Transnational Studies, Regent’s University London
Chair: Dr Rebecca Bryant
A.N. Hadjiyiannis Associate Professorial Research Fellow
For the past six years Europe has been in the midst of the most severe re-cession since the Second World War. The size of migrant flows towards Eu-rope has been escalating, leading to increasing concerns over the total num-ber of migrants that Europe may host without triggering internal processes of social unrest.
The already existing migration crisis was recently paired with a refugee crisis that moved the European public opinion due to the astonishing number of deaths and more particularly of the deaths of children. Those ‘crises’ un-veiled many issues that lurked in the relevant discussions in Europe, but most of all made clear that the southern and Southeast Europe bear the burden of being (for so long) the main gate of migrants and refugees to Eu-rope.
The presentation’s objective is to uncover the perplexity of migration/refugee issues that seem to trouble Europe, while at the same time to touch upon the antinomies of EU migration and refugee policies. My analysis is from a southern European perspective and aims at stressing the social and economic aspects rather than the political aspects of the theme.
Cañada Blanch Room, COW 1.11, 1st floor, Cowdray House, European Institute, LSE