EU “refugee crisis”: Responses East and West and beyond

As part of the Lunchtime Seminar Series, the African Centre for Migration & Society presents a seminar by Branka Likic-Brboric who is an Associate Professor at REMESO (Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society), Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linkoping University. The presentation addresses the recent “refugee crisis” in the EU, diverging responses between “old” and “new” member states and subsequent streamlining towards deterrent migration policy, rising xenophobia and populism.

Against the background of the development of the EU’s enlargement and migration policy, multiple gaps between policy goals and outcomes are identified, giving rise to anti-migration responses and challenging EU project in general. It is argued that the EU needs an institutional rebalancing in terms of an alternative that promotes European solidarities, social protection, “decent work” and a right-based mobility/migration regime.


Branka Likic-Brboric is Associate Professor at REMESO (Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society), Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linkoping University. Her research encompasses the following interconnected areas: 1) globalisation and the political economy of post-socialist transformations; 2) EU enlargement, informal economy, new migrations and the European Social Model; 3) global governance, migrants’ rights and “decent work”; 4) comparative studies on citizenship and immigrant integration. The combined research in these four research areas seeks an understanding of global economic restructuring. It focuses on the impacts of such restructuring on frameworks of multilevel global governance and their configuration of global and regional migration regimes, raising issues of citizenship and non-citizenship, and the ethnic segmentation of labour markets.  She is a co-editor of Schierup et al. (2015) Migration, Precarity, and Global Governance: Challenges and Opportunities for Labour, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Date: 14 February 2017

Time: 13:30 – 14:30

Venue: Humanities Graduate Centre Seminar Room, South West Engineering Building, Wits University East Campus