Desecuritizing Migration – The Case of the Berlin Refugee Strike

Maja Felicia Falkentoft, Nanna Katrine Hansen & Carsten Baltzer Rode

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this study, we explore the case of the Berlin Refugee Strike as a migrant movement contesting their deprivation of rights and agency, emanating from a securitization of migration. Constructing a set of desecuritization ideal types, we draw on this framework in order to conceptualize the Berlin refugee strikers’ struggle as a strategy for desecuritization. We arrive at a conceptualization, which emphasizes the versatile character of the movement; simultaneously accepting and rejecting the security logic in order to obtain recognition, inclusion and equality. Undertaking an empirical inquiry of desecuritization, we contribute with a novel and pragmatic account of desecuritization, which stresses the importance of politicization and process.

UddannelserInternationale Udviklingsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2014
VejledereSune Haugbølle


  • Securitization
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Refugee/Asylum-Seeker
  • The Berlin Refugee Strike
  • Migration
  • Desecuritization
  • The European Union
  • Emancipation