Introduction
Reclaiming migration: voices from Europe’s ‘migrant crisis’
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This introduction sets the scene for the so-called ‘crisis’ of 2015–16, while providing an overview of the book as a whole. It shows how, in a situation perceived as critical due to increased migratory ‘pressures’ as well as mounting deaths at sea, the EU advanced its 2015 ‘European Agenda on Migration’ based on a long-standing preventative approach. Yet the chapter also highlights the ways in which this agenda and the crisis politics in which it is grounded are politically contested, not least by people on the move themselves. As such, it makes the case for an analysis of the contested politics of testimony, based on a counter-archive co-produced with people on the move. This, the chapter argues, importantly enables appreciation of the political claims or demands that precarious migratory journeys and experiences give rise to.

Reclaiming migration

Voices from Europe’s ‘migrant crisis’

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