The European Migrant Crisis

A Case Study in Failure of Governmental and Supra-governmental Responses

Originally published in Bottom-Up Responses to Crisis

One of the main reasons for advocating international integration and, even more precisely, for the creation of supra-state governance structures is the very idea of crisis and crisis management. This chapter explores the case of the migrant crises in European and the European Union’s (EU’s) response. Starting 2015, millions of migrants and refugees crossed into Europe and EU countries have struggled to cope. Tensions and divisions emerged in the EU over how best to deal with this massive resettlement of people. Taking a look at the case, we get a better sense of the role of the states (and state-like structures) not only in solving such crises but also in fueling and maintaining them.

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