“Forced migration in the Mediterranean: EU and South European states’ perspectives and strategies”

September 29, 2015 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
626 Kaneff Tower
York University
4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Speaker: Panagiotis Tsakonas, Professor of International Relations, Security Studies and Foreign Policy Analysis at the Department of Mediterranean Studies, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece

Organised by the Hellenic Heritage Foundation Chair in Modern Greek History and the Hellenic Studies Program; co-sponsored by the Centre for Refugee Studies

What are the security repercussions of forced migration for both the EU and of particular South European states? For dealing with this important issue, firstly a detailed picture of how illegal migration unfolds in the broader Mediterranean region over the last decade (trends, migration routes, impact of the Arab uprisings, the Syrian crisis etc.) is given. Secondly, particular emphasis is put on understanding how forced migration is being perceived and interpreted (a “securitization move”? in terms of “strategic culture”?) by the European Union as well as by certain South European states, particularly Italy and Greece. Concurrently, the European Union as well as the national (mainly Greek and Italian) responses and/or strategies to forced migration in the Mediterranean region are further discussed and analysed.

This seminar is free and open to the public.