"Somewhat harder narratives" The place of Africa in the EU's migration "crisis" discourse and the question of African agency in migration diplomacy

Charlott Friederich

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In the course of the so-called migration “crisis”, the EU and its member states (mbs) have been trying to launch migration agreements with selected African countries of migrant origin, transit or destination. As “doormen” of the EU African governments should help to tackle the so-called root causes of migration and reinforce intra-African border controls in order to finally keep illegal African migrants out of Europe. But not only this external dimension of the EU’s migration management has been reinforced since the “crisis” escalated in 2015, but also the EU donor discourse about and vis-à-vis African migration partners became “somewhat harder”, as the discourse analysis in this thesis will show. Experts from various fields have been dealing with the question of how this discourse of migration “crisis” in the EU justified the implementation of several European emergency policies on the African continent to curb illegal migration into Europe and how these policies have seriously impacted intra-African dynamics, but also international relations. However, there remains a gap in the research about the perceptions and international agency of African selected “doormen” and how they made use of the “crisis” discourses of the EU and their roles therein. This is where this thesis comes in: The study contributes to filling this “African agency gap” by situating Africa(ns)’ place, discourse and agency in migration “crisis” diplomacy with Europe.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato7 aug. 2019
Antal sider90
VejledereLaust Schouenborg