Narratives of ‘crisis’
in Reclaiming migration
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Chapter 1 undertakes a critical analysis of how the narrative of Europe’s so-called migration crisis came to frame dominant understandings of, and policy responses to, increased arrivals and deaths at sea. It shows how a confusing blend of securitised humanitarianism became the defining hallmark of the European Commission’s response to the ‘crisis’ that it narrated. The chapter highlights the limits of a shift from a crisis narrative focused on the referent object of the state to that focused on the referent state of people on the move, and unpacks the ways in which crisis narratives belie long-standing colonial relations that continue to structure the lived experiences of people on the move. In so doing, the chapter argues that an ‘anti-crisis’ approach is critical to the search for alternative frameworks and counter-narratives to that of a ‘migrant crisis’.

Reclaiming migration

Voices from Europe’s ‘migrant crisis’

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