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Refugees, Civil Society and the State

European Experiences and Global Challenges Ludger Pries, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
Ludger Pries explores the important moral, social and political challenge facing Europe and the international community: the protection of refugees as one of the most vulnerable groups on the planet.
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Publication Date: April 2018
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Ludger Pries explores the important moral, social and political challenge facing Europe and the international community: the protection of refugees as one of the most vulnerable groups on the planet.

Combining an in-depth analysis of current research and a critical review of the policies of nation states as well as international and transnational organisations, the author analyses the 2015 crisis and its continuing impact. Who are the refugees, how and why did they come? Which parts of civil society were actively involved and why? What are the future responsibilities of the state for arriving refugees and their successful integration? This book examines the limitations of structural settings with perspectives on collective actors’ behaviour and strategies. Offering a critical view on the historical embedding of the refugee issue, as well as the current and future challenges for Europe, Pries provides an insightful overview of all aspects of the so-called European refugee crisis and its aftermath.

Refugees, Civil Society and the State merges perspectives from political science and international relations with international humanitarian law, the sociology of migration, and action theory. Scholars, journalists and political actors who want to further understand the challenge of refugee protection will greatly benefit from the distinguished author’s research.
‘Ludger Pries uses three dyads to provide a sophisticated examination of the “refugee crisis” of 2015: the global dynamics of migration vs methodological nationalism, the evolution of European legal asylum instruments vs “organised non-responsibility” on the part of some political leaders and, finally, internationalist solidarity movements vs right-wing populism. The result is an insightful analysis of events hitherto obscured by sensationalist headlines.’
– Robin Cohen, University of Oxford, UK
Contents 1. Challenges and opportunities of the refugee movement of 2015 in Europe 2. Arrival of refugees in the ‘hot autumn’ of 2015 3. ‘Refugee-crisis’ and social movement for refugee protection 4. The end of national autonomy and organised non-responsibility 5. The ‘causes’ of flight and refuge 6. Arrival – in Germany, in Europa and at oneself 7. Arrival and integration as participation with equal chances References Index