Brussels Workshop on Irregular Migration & External Border Security in Europe & beyond

EU InfoPoint, Rue Archimède 1, Brussels
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 (All day)

This workshop is the second in a Jean Monnet Network grant shared across four institutions in Canada, France, Japan and Turkey that examines how answers to the migration crisis are shaping Europe’s borders, migration and related security policies in exemplary manners and should be studied in comparative perspective and context.  Activities are aimed at engaging graduate students, young researchers and professors at each partner institution along with the policy makers in each community. The Network, Comparing and Contrasting EU Border and Migration Policy – Are They Exemplary?, hosted the first workshop in Strasbourg in May 2017 and was organized by Birte Wassenberg at the University of Strasbourg.  The third workshop will be organized by Dr. Ted Boyle at Kyushu University with Hokkaido University in April 2018. 

The Brussels workshop convenes scholars and policy-makers to examine the external borders of Europe. This workshop has been organized by Dr. Can Mutlu (Acadia University, Canada; formerly Bilkent University, Turkey)

Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union

If you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact Alexandra Ongono, alexandra (dot) ongono (at) gmail (dot) com.

Tentative Program

9:00- 9:30 Welcome

9:30-10:00 Introduction

Can E. Mutlu (Acadia University, Canada)

Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (University of Victoria, Canada)


10:15 – 11:45 Panel on EU External Border Security and Migration Management

Chair: Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly

Discussant: Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly

Phillipe Mamadou-Frowd (University of York, UK) Security intervention in Niger: what does the 'transit state' label do?

Julien Jeandesboz (Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium) EU border control and data processing: from the politics of crisis to the politics of means

Ali Bilgic (Loughborough University, UK) The Militarization of the Mediterranean Sea and the Creation of Super-Frontex in relation to Human Security of Irregular Migrants


12:00- 13:30 Lunch hosted at EXKi Schuman, Rue de la loi 232-234


14:00 – 15:30 Panel on the Aegean and Mediterranean crossings and beyond

Chair: Ted Boyle, Kyushu University

Discussant: Catherine Delcroix, University of Strasbourg

Heather Johnson (Queen’s University in Belfast, UK) Title TBD

Polly Pallister-Wilkins (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) ’Im/mobility and the making of a humanitarian borderscape’

Debbie Lisle (Queen’s University in Belfast, UK) Crisis Hospitality: Migrant Routes and Tourist Infrastructures


15:30 – 17:00 Panel on Turkey and the Refugee Crisis

Chair: Can Mutlu

Discussant: Oliver Schmidtke

Beste Isleyen (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) Discursive Battles in Turkey over Border and Migration Management

Saime Ozcurumez (Bilkent University, Turkey) International Protection and Socio-economic integration Nexus: Polices and Politics in Turkey

Shoshana Fine (CERI, Science-Po, France) Security, resettlement and refugee (un)becoming in Turkey


17:30 – 18:30 Roundtable with Practitioners and Academics

Filippo Terruso (European Committee of the Regions)

Oliver Schmidtke (University of Victoria)

Can E. Mutlu (Acadia University)

Moderator: Birte Wassenberg (University of Strasbourg)


20:00 Hosted Dinner – El Turco, Place de Londres 6, Brussels