The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance
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The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance

Edited by Andrew Geddes, Marcia Vera Espinoza, Leila Hadj Abdou and Leiza Brumat

This book analyses the dynamics of regional migration governance and accounts for why, how and with what effects states cooperate with each other in diverse forms of regional grouping on aspects of international migration, displacement and mobility. The book develops a framework for analysis of comparative regional migration governance to support a distinct and truly global approach accounting for developments in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America and the many and varying forms that regional arrangements can take in these regions.
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Chapter 5: Crisis, normality and European regional migration governance

Andrew Geddes


While crises can be seen as drivers of policy and institutional developments, this chapter shows that it is actually understandings of ‘normality’ and what is ‘normal’ that have been key drivers of EU migration governance. By focusing on how organisations frame and make sense of international migration, the chapter shows that understandings of normality often centre on the potential for large-scale and potentially destabilising migration to the EU. The chapter then charts how these particular understandings and their effects of normality have played a powerfully constitutive role in European Union migration governance since the late 1980s and framed responses to the post-2014 ‘migration crisis’ that centred on boat arrivals across the Mediterranean.

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