Jean Monnet Network 2016-2019

Comparing and Contrasting EU Migration and Border Policies


This Network of leading scholars expanded the Borders in Globalization SSHRC Partnership to include Birte Wassenberg at the University of Strasbourg in France, Edward Boyle at Kyushu University (in consultation with Ken Endo and Naomi Chi at Hokkaido University) in Japan, and Can Mutlu at Acadia University (previously with Bilkent University in Turkey). At UVic, Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (Public Admin) works closely with EU Migration expert Oliver Schmidtke (Political Science / History).

Our Network hypothesized that 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, like the four JM Network workshops, are aimed at engaging graduate students, young researchers and professors at each partner institution along with the policy makers in each community. In fact, this EU Network piggybacks directly onto the Borders in Globalization research program, thus leveraging both grants to maximize impact, outreach, and the advancement of knowledge and research comparing EU border and migration policies.

Workshops & Conferences

The Humanitarian and Migration Crisis in Europe (Strasbourg, France)

This workshop brought together a select group of border and migration experts to discuss the internal borders of Europe.

Irregular Migration & External Border Security (Brussels, Belgium)

This workshop brought together experts from Canada, France, Japan, and Turkey to examine how answers to the migration crisis are shaping Europe’s border, migration, and security policies.

International Conference – Presentations (Ottawa, Canada)

The Jean Monnet Network was invited to participate in and host a panel discussion at the Borders in Globalization International Conference in 2017.

Immigration Policy & Border Security in Japan (Hokkaido, Japan)

This workshop brought together scholars and policy makers from Japan with international network partners to discuss border and migration policy in Japan.

Canada’s Border & Migration Policies (Victoria, Canada)

As the final workshop of the network, this closed session focused on exploring comparative border and migration policy related to the EU migration crisis from a Canadian perspective.

Association of Borderland Studies Conference (San Diego, USA)

In conjunction with the ABS Conference and Borders in Globalization, the network hosted its final outreach activity culminating in a series of panels.

Database Project

In collaboration with Borders in Globalization, we launched the comparative database project. As a database of border, migration, and related security policies, the project allows for a systematic comparison of the EU with the rest of the world. In 2020, we were successful in obtaining additional funding from the European Union to explore this project further. You can find more information about the database itself here and more information about the Jean Monnet Human-to-Military Security Database Network here.

Teaching & Courses

EUS 490 – European Borders without Walls
The recent and ongoing migration situation in and around Europe is forcing European policy makers to address past and future challenges to integration. The decisions they are making will have a long-standing impact on the EU. EUS 490 examines how the responses to the crisis are shaping Europe’s borders, migration, and related security policies in exemplary ways from a comparative perspective and context.

The material for this course develops from an EU funded research programme led by UVic with a network of partners in France, Turkey, Japan and Canada. This network conducts innovative and forward-looking research comparing the EU’s evolving border, migration and security policies to policies in Canada, France, Japan and Turkey. The activities in the course are aimed at engaging the greater public, undergraduate and graduate students, young researchers and professors, along with the policy makers in each community.

Introduction to EUS 490

Listen as Dr. Brunet-Jailly speaks about the 2018 open online course ‘European Borders without walls.

Topics Covered

Defining Borders
Borders in history
Cultures and borders
Political communities and borders
Market and functional linkages and borders
Governments and borders
Security policies and borders
Environmental policies and borders
Immigration and borders
Border disputes
Borders as a cultural, social, or political object
Borders as a functional object

Each unit uses a video presentation by the professor and includes diverse learning activities including video-clips, short readings, quizzes, and discussion forums. Although it is highly recommended you keep pace with the course, you can follow the course material at your own pace. Participating in a timely manner will provide access to a wide range of debates on the history, culture, economics, sustainability, security and governance of borders.

European Borders without Walls was offered both as a for-credit course through the University of Victoria or for free through Continuing Studies as a non-credit option. This course was open on a non-credit basis to professionals in the public and private sector, academics, border and migration scholars, and community members with a strong interest in issues of borders and migration.

Grant Program

This network made grants available for students at each of the Network partner institutions. For more information on the students and projects funded through the grant program at UVic, visiting the European Studies webpage here!

Project Funders