Exploring legal and political dynamics of migration governance in Europe

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As part of the Migration Policy Centre seminar series, the Migration Policy Centre will host the following presentations:

Contested Confinement and the Governance of Migration to Europe
Veronica Corcodel, Max Weber Fellow, EUI

This presentation will focus on spaces of migrants’ confinement, one of the most controversial but widely used practices of migration control. Addressing more specifically migration to Europe, it will foreground a few legal strategies of contestation of confinement. It will be argued that these should be understood as claims seeking access to social, economic and/or family life in Europe. For these purposes, a set of arguments brought before the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union will be emphasized and reinterpreted as challenging the effects of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.

The drivers and politicisation of regional asylum governance during the Italian refugee crisis
Andrea Pettrachin, MPC, RSCAS, EUI

The presentation will aim to open the black box of regional asylum governance processes and examine why, how and through which cognitive, relational and environmental mechanisms regional asylum governance systems and key actors within these systems produced policy outputs during the Italian refugee crisis. I will argue, first, that actors’ believes and actions are largely shaped by their perceptions of public attitudes on migration and that these are largely disconnected from the evidence of available opinion polls. Second, I will show how actors’ believes and actions are located within networks and how their interactions contribute to shape policy outputs. Third, I will argue that these outputs contribute to shape actors’ understandings of public attitudes on migration, concluding that governance systems themselves play a key role in politicising (or not) asylum and constituting the asylum crisis as such. Findings are developed drawing on 130 semi-structured interviews conducted between 2017 and 2019 with a wide range of decision-makers and actors involved in the governance of asylum in Italy.