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David Rieff

. If humanitarian certainties have been upended, it is not in Sri Lanka, or even Syria or Afghanistan, but in the NGO response to the migration crisis in Greece and in the Mediterranean. For here, whether they like it or not, when they rescue people at sea who are trying to get to Europe, relief NGOs are involved not just in caritative work, whose deontology is relatively straightforward ethically; here, they are important actors in a profound political struggle, whose outcome, along with the response or non-response to climate change, is likely to

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
An Interview with Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE Suisse
Juliano Fiori

In this interview, Caroline Abu Sa’Da, General Director of SOS MEDITERRANEE Suisse, discusses search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea, in particular those conducted by her organisation. She explains that as a European citizen movement, SOS MEDITERRANEE has adopted a hybrid and politicised approach, which represents a new kind of humanitarian engagement. And she reflects on the challenges of protecting and supporting those crossing the Mediterranean.

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Matthew Hunt, Sharon O’Brien, Patrick Cadwell, and Dónal P. O’Mathúna

diversity and appropriate formats have also been identified as communicative challenges for humanitarian monitoring and evaluation in South Sudan, especially the ‘large number of national languages spoken and low literacy rates’ ( Steets et al. , 2016 : 28). Research on Greece’s migration crisis has illustrated a need for similar considerations. It has shown, too, that links between language and ICT innovations are complex. For instance, findings based on surveys with 202

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs

Given the significant similarities and differences between the welfare states of Northern Europe and their reactions to the perceived 'refugee crisis' of 2015, the book focuses primarily on the three main cases of Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Placed in a wider Northern European context – and illustrated by those chapters that also discuss refugee experiences in Norway and the UK – the Danish, Swedish and German cases are the largest case studies of this edited volume. Thus, the book contributes to debates on the governance of non-citizens and the meaning of displacement, mobility and seeking asylum by providing interdisciplinary analyses of a largely overlooked region of the world, with two specific aims. First, we scrutinize the construction of the 2015 crisis as a response to the large influx of refugees, paying particular attention to the disciplinary discourses and bureaucratic structures that are associated with it. Second, we investigate refugees’ encounters with these bureaucratic structures and consider how these encounters shape hopes for building a new life after displacement. This allows us to show that the mobility of specific segments of the world’s population continues to be seen as a threat and a risk that has to be governed and controlled. Focusing on the Northern European context, our volume interrogates emerging policies and discourses as well as the lived experiences of bureaucratization from the perspective of individuals who find themselves the very objects of bureaucracies.

Open Access (free)
The management of migration between care and control
Pierluigi Musarò

ongoing ‘war on migrants’ is too often framed as a humanitarian emergency: these are some of the images we usually associate with the so-called ‘migration crisis’. 1 Nevertheless, this ‘crisis’ is neither new nor exceptional, especially when viewed through a historical lens. This discourse of an allegedly uncontrolled ‘invasion’ of Europe dates back to the 1990s when the alarming image was first used particularly in the

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
A critical study of social media discourses
Marie Sundström and Hedvig Obenius

violence of welfare bureaucracies Malkki, L. (1996). ‘Speechless Emissaries: Refugees, Humanitarianism, and Dehistoricization’, Cultural Anthropology 11(3), pp. 377–404. Masocha, S. (2015). Asylum Seekers, Social Work and Racism. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Moore, K., Berry, M. and Garcia-Blanco, I. (2018). ‘Saving Refugees or Policing the Seas? How the National Press of Five EU Member States Framed News Coverage of the Migration Crisis’, Justice, Power and Resistance 2(1), pp. 66–95. Parker, S. (2015). ‘“Unwanted Invaders”: The Representation of Refugees and Asylum

in Refugees and the violence of welfare bureaucracies in Northern Europe
Locating the monsters in the machine: an investigation of faith
Roda Madziva and Vivien Lowndes

cultural difference, leading to a growth in diversity, segregated societies and the promotion of bad faith (extremism), often associated with Muslim identities (Lentin, 2011). Indeed, issues of the perceived and real problems of the integration of Muslims, and questions about accommodating Islam as a religion, are at the heart of current public policy debates, especially as the current migration crisis continues to unfold, and as Muslim identities become increasingly framed by global events (Statham and Tillie, 2016). Moreover, the rhetoric of the perceived failure of

in Science and the politics of openness
Open Access (free)
Michael Lawrence and Rachel Tavernor

amidst the migrationcrisis’. Focusing on Europe’s border controls, and narratives of national security, Musarò’s chapter critiques the dichotomies between care and control, threat and vulnerability, solidarity and indifference, which are presented in media campaigns and coverage. Musarò argues that the securitised approach to managing migration produces a depoliticised discourse of humanitarianism. The ambiguities and contradictions that

in Global humanitarianism and media culture
Annika Lindberg

/migrationsverket-syftethar-inte-uppnatts (Accessed 3 December 2019). Slominski, P. and Trauner, F. (2018). ‘How Do Member States Return Unwanted Migrants? The Strategic (Non-)Use of “Europe” during the Migration Crisis’. JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies 56(1), pp. 101–118. Suárez-Krabbe, J. and Lindberg, A. (2019). ‘Enforcing Apartheid? The Politics of “Intolerability” in the Danish Migration and Integration Regimes’, Migration and Society 2(1), pp. 90–97. Syppli-Kohl, K. (2015). Asylaktivering og Ambivalens. Forvaltningen af asylansøgere på asylcentre (Asylum Activation and Ambivalence: The Management of

in Refugees and the violence of welfare bureaucracies in Northern Europe
Antonia Lucia Dawes

, inequality, economic entitlement and class struggle. Critical scholars of race have argued this has led to a collapse in anti-racist solidarity and mobilisation whilst racial suffering continues to exist (Gilroy 2012 ; Goldberg 2009 : 19, 158; Lentin 2011 , 2014 ). David Theo Goldberg argued that this widespread ‘racial denial’ held particular weight in the European racial context, where the emergence of particular racisms was intimately tied to the context of migration and so-called ‘migration crisis’, and where the ‘political economy’ of migration criminalised

in Race talk