Security implications of the migrant crisis in Europe 2015-16

Kuvekalović, Jovanka and Stojanović, Gospava and Filipović, Marina (2017) Security implications of the migrant crisis in Europe 2015-16. In: 3rd International Conference on Human Security. Faculty of Security Studies, Belgrade, pp. 27-35. ISBN 978-86-80144-09-2

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In the contemporary world there is an increasing number of reasons for which citizens of a country leave to another one. It is shown that people on the move are an almost inevitable source of social and political shocks, confl icts and terrorism in Europe, since by means of mass media terrorism as an unconventional threat to the contemporary security is imported to Europe from the region of the Middle East. In this regard, the causes as well as security implications of the migrant crisis in Europe for human security will be discussed. Millions of refugees perceive the European Union as a safe haven and a place where they can live in peace with their families, but, among them there are individuals who driven by political goals and jihad ideas pose a serious threat to international peace and security. Th e Middle East confl icts, known as a region that is the very heart of world crises, have been lasting for decades and as such, have consequently lead to migrations as a security problem, that mostly aff ect countries of the European Union. Upon a massive migrant infl ow, security implications are undeniable and they should be adequately addressed. In the fi rst instance, that poses a great challenge to the countries that accept migrants and requires the adequate organisation of humanitarian aid systemas well as creation of an environment suitable for integration. Th is paper draws attention to discordant approaches of European countries when it comes to accepting migrants and refugees, and a response given by certain members of the European Union testifi es about that, thus compromising human security, freedom and civil rights, as well as preservation of basic principles of solidarity and tolerance upon which the European Union rests. Creating and realizing a policy based on the mentioned universal human rights, values, and aimed at solving increasingly frequent migration fl ows, would enable an adequate response of the European Union to one of the contemporary security issues it currently faces. Th e migrant crisis that has struck Europe actually requires balance between, on one hand, respecting basic human rights and solidarity, and,on the other,prevention and protection from potential threats, such as terrorism, which can directly aff ect realization of national security.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: migration, migrant crisis, terrorism, human security, European Union, Middle East
Depositing User: Ana Vukićević
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 08:44
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2023 08:28

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