Which “Crisis”?

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference


Media and policy makers have stigmatized ongoing flows of refugees and migrants as the “migration and refugee crisis”. Yet, which crisis they have most on their mind often remains an elusive question. Is Europe in a crisis as a result of strained reception systems, lack of solidarity, and public concerns about integration, or should attention rather focus on the hotspots of conflict across the Mediterranean region, where the vast majority of the displaced people currently reside? And is the Syrian civil war THE crisis the international
community should concentrate on to tackle the phenomenon, or should the focus be much broader, addressing governance failures and developmental challenges stretching from the Middle East to sub-Saharan Africa and posing challenges for the long term? The session that Michelle Pace will be participating at will elucidate the different meanings of the abused notion of “crisis” in a migration context, aiming to connect perceptions of the phenomenon to its local manifestations and symptoms to the root causes.
Period16 Dec 2016
Event typeConference
LocationAthens, Greece
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Crisis
  • Crisis management
  • migration
  • migration crisis
  • refugees
  • migration governance