Securitising Asylum Flows

Deflection, Criminalisation and Challenges for Human Rights


Since the past few years, the considerable influx of refugees to the EU has led to a profound reconceptualisation of its immigration control strategy, with emphasis on the co-option of new partners, such as the private sector or third countries, and the prevention of movement through extraterritorial controls. The externalisation of immigration control has also been increasingly linked with the securitisation and criminalisation of asylum, particularly in the form of tackling human smuggling to which those in need usually resort to. This edited volume that comprises of contributions by both legal scholars and practitioners, provides a multi-faceted overview of these legal responses and examines their implications from a human rights and rule of law perspective.

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Valsamis Mitsilegas (Ph.D. University of Edinburgh) is Professor of European Criminal Law and Global Security at Queen Mary University of London.

Violeta Moreno-Lax (Ph.D. Université catholique de Louvain, 2012) is Reader in Law at Queen Mary University of London.

Niovi Vavoula (Ph.D. Queen Mary University of London, 2017) is Lecturer in Migration and Security at Queen Mary University of London.


Part 1: Criminalising Movement

 1 New Experiences in Investigating and Prosecuting Migrant Smuggling: From the Italian Approach to the European Dimension
  Simona Ragazzi

 2 Criminalising Solidarity? Smugglers, Migrants and Rescuers in the Reform of the ‘Facilitators’ Package’
  Chiara Maria Ricci

 3 A Human Rights Approach to Extremely Vulnerable People: Challenges and Feasibility in Assessing Smuggled Migrants
  Kinga Janik

Part 2: (Non-)Access to Protection

 4 Balancing the SAR Responsibilities of States and Shipmasters
  Richard L Kilpatrick, Jr and Adam Smith

 5 Crossing the Mediterranean Sea: EU Migration Policies and Human Rights
  Evelien Wauters and Samuel Cogolati

 6 Legal Narratives of the EU External Action in the Field of Migration and Asylum: From the EU-Turkey Statement to the Migration Partnership Framework and Beyond
  Daniela Vitiello

Part 3: A Union of Solidarity?

 7 The European Border and Coast Guard in Need of Solidarity: Reflections on the Scope and Limits of Article 80
  Herbert Rosenfeldt

 8 The Dublin Saga and the Need to Rethink the Criteria for the Allocation of Competence in Asylum Procedures
  Marcello Di Filippo

 9 Uniformity, Responsibility and Solidarity in the Common European Asylum System ( CEAS ): A ‘Constitutional’ Solution
  Francesco Cherubini

Part 4: The Politics and Policies of Coercion

 10 The EU Refugee Crisis and the ‘Third-Phase’ Asylum Legislation – The End of the Harmonization Approach or Its Revival?
  Giulia Vicini

 11 EU and US Border Policy: Externalisation of Migration Control and Violation of the Right to Asylum
  Sabrineh Ardalan

 12 ‘Recasting’ Detention of Asylum Seekers: Human Rights Law, EU Law and Its Application in Bulgaria
  Vladislava Stoyanova


All interested in refugee law from an international and European law perspective, particularly in the developments following the increased arrivals of refugees in the European Union post-2015.
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