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Border Policy Research Institute

Primary Contact: Laurie Trautman
Border Policy Research Institute

Jean Monnet Network

Comparing and Contrasting EU Border and Migration Policy – Are They Exemplary? 

In 2016, Director Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly at the University of Victoria was able to leverage BIG’s SSHRC funding to secure a Jean Monnet Network Grant from the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.

Comparing and Contrasting EU Border and Migration Policy – Are They Exemplary?  expands the BIG network to include Dr. Birte Wassenberg at the University of Strasbourg in France, Dr. Edward Boyle at Kyushu University (connected with Dr. Ken Endo and Naomi Chi at Hokkaido University) in Japan and Dr. Can Mutlu at Bilkent University in Turkey (now at Acadia University in Canada). At UVic, Dr. Brunet-Jailly works closely with EU Migration expert Dr. Oliver Schmidtke.

The Network hypothesizes 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 are aimed at engaging graduate students, young researchers and professors at each partner institution, along with the policy makers in each region.

Click here for a CBC interview with Dr. Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly on migration and Europe (in French).

Network Partners     

University of Victoria, Canada (lead) – Brunet-Jailly, Schmidtke
University of Strasbourg (France) – Wassenburg
Hokkaido University / Kyushu University (Japan) – Endo, Chi, Boyle
Bilkent University (Turkey) – Mutlu (now at Acadia U)


Four workshops to meet with policy makers in each country

The Humanitarian and Migration Crisis in Europe: A challenge for EU borders? University of Strasbourg, May 22 2017

Brussels Workshop on Irregular Migration & External Border Security in Europe & beyond November 14 2017

Workshop: Immigration Policy and Border Security in Japan, Hokkaido University, Japan April 22 2018

Canada Workshop: Canada’s border and migration policies in comparative perspective, Victoria, November 13

International Conferences to present research findings and liaise with policy makers

BIG and the Network @ The Association for Borderlands Studies Annual Conference, San Diego, April 24-27, 2019

International Conference, Ottawa, December 7-8

Database of border, migration and related security policies, so that comparison of EU with the rest of the world is systematic and possible.

Open Online course to teach how the EU border, migration and related security policies evolved during the migration crisis. (See EUS 490 @ UVic).
Check our Opportunities page for more information – offered in Fall 2018: European Borders without Walls.
See an introductory video!

The Network also includes a grant program for students at each of the Network partners and will produce a series of publications coming out of the workshops in each region.

Comparing and Contrasting EU Border and Migration Policy – Are They Exemplary? 

Immigration and Integration Policy and the Complexity of Multi-level Governance: A Case Study of British Columbia

Alex Gunn | Journal of Borderlands Studies | 2019

This article explores the role of different levels of government in managing the flow of migrants across Canada’s international borders and in integrating migrants into broader Canadian society. British Columbia is the focal point of the article as its recent experience in the immigration field is emblematic of broader decentralizing and re-centralizing trends within Canadian intergovernmental relations. More broadly, the B.C. experience reveals how the governance and management of Canada’s borders in relation to transnational migration has become more dependent on multi-level cooperation.

Gunn, Alex. “Immigration and Integration Policy and the Complexity of Multi-level Governance: A Case Study of British Columbia.” Journal of Borderlands Studies (2019).

Immigration and Integration Policy and the Complexity of Multi-level Governance: A Case Study of British Columbia

Shifting, Securitizing, and Streamlining: An Exploration of Preclearance Policy in the Pacific Northwest.

Alexander Norfolk | Journal of Borderlands Studies | 2019

This paper conducts an exploration of preclearance activities along the BC-Washington State border. Through an analysis of current issues associated with preclearance activities, and interviews with key agencies involved in the implementation of passenger preclearance policy in Southern Vancouver Island, the paper focuses a critical eye on some of the legal, social, and political ramifications of passenger preclearance policy in the region. Moreover, the study seeks to test the core hypotheses of the Borders in Globalization research program which state that bordering processes in the twenty-first century tend to straddle the boundary line, and are increasingly a-territorial.

Norfolk, Alexander. “Shifting, Securitizing, and Streamlining: An Exploration of Preclearance Policy in the Pacific Northwest.” Journal of Borderlands Studies (2019).

Shifting, Securitizing, and Streamlining: An Exploration of Preclearance Policy in the Pacific Northwest.

Policy Paper: Maritime Infrastructure in Canada’s North

Sara Bourquin | BIG Research Reports | #18

Maritime traffic is increasing in Canada’s Arctic waters while development remains stagnant in regards to maritime infrastructure. Only 10% of Canadian Arctic waters have been charted, while the charts that do exist have been deemed dated, and unsafe. Support services such as oil spill response plans, navigation aids, and telecommunications required for safe resource development and shipping in Canada’s arctic waters are minimal. Bandwidth capabilities are currently not adequate to accommodate safe and reliable maritime and aviation communication. Currently there is not adequate human resources to support further infrastructure development due to low population, lack of skilled persons and poor living conditions. This paper presents and evaluates three policy options addressing the issue of maritime infrastructure in Canada’s North.

Sara Bourquin

Policy Paper: Maritime Infrastructure in Canada's North

An Inventory of Policy Actors and Instruments Relevant to the Salish Sea

Stacy Clauson and Laurie Trautman | BIG Research Reports | #60

An Inventory of Policy Actors and Instruments Relevant to the Salish Sea

Euregio Rhine-Waal, Kleve, Germany

Monday, May 23, 2016 (All day)

On Monday, May 23, 2016 the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research of the Radboud University along with the Euregion Rhine-Waal and Seinpost Consultancy BV organized a policy-forum ‘Borders as a Creative Resource’. This forum took place in the framework of the international research-project Borders in Globalization (BIG).  The Radboud University, the Euregion Rhine-Waal and Seinpost Consultancy BV form the consortium at the Dutch-German border.

The ultimate aim of this network is the comparison of border regions in order to achieve a better understanding of the effects of borders, so as to be able to formulate policy with regard to borders. In an era where borders are again gaining importance, this project tries to link the different dimensions of borders.

This policy forum wanted to set up a dialogue especially but not exclusively among European academic partners and non-academic organizations. This dialogue on the border as a resource was framed by the ‘BIG’-approach, where the six central themes or perspective will be guiding. These are in random order culture, history, security, flows, sustainability and governance. The invited participants reflected ob these themes. The forum took the form of a few presentations by keynote speakers and most importantly (plenary and/or group) discussions. This all with the aim to stimulate new research and policy in this important arena.

Program can be found here.

Dr. Martin van der Velde and Dr. Victor Konrad gave an interview in a German regional newspaper on the forum. See here.

Go with the flow (Im)plausibility of a Grand Canadian Intergovernmental Bargain of Energy Policy and Strategy

Christian Leuprecht | Canada: The State Of Federation, 2012 | 2015

Regional resource disparities and the tensions they generate are a perennial Canadian topic. This edition of Canada: The State of the Federation presents essays on regions, resources, and the resiliency of the Canadian federal system. Contributors consider questions such as: to what extent do Canada’s natural resource industries benefit the Canadian economy? Do Canada’s federal institutions hinder or promote the ability of the economy to respond to global economic shifts? Do current intergovernmental structures allow for constructive dialogue about national policy issues?

In responding to these and related questions, many of the authors touch on energy issues. Others consider the importance of functional institutions in a federal or multilevel context as an essential requirement for the effective resolution of issues. Together, the volume raises questions about the relationship of state and society, the importance of identity, trust, and moral legitimacy for the operation of our federal institutions, and the extent to which federal institutions are reinforced or placed under stress by societal structures.

The theme of this volume was triggered by Richard Simeon, the outstanding scholar of federalism who passed away in October 2013, and it is dedicated in his honour.

Citation: Leuprecht, Christian. “Go with the flow (Im)plausibility of a Grand Canadian Intergovernmental Bargain of Energy Policy and Strategy.” In Canada: The State of Federation, 2012: Regions, Resources, and Resiliency, edited by Loleen Berdahl, André Juneau and Carolyn Hughes Tuohy. Kingston: Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, 2015.

Go with the flow (Im)plausibility of a Grand Canadian Intergovernmental Bargain of Energy Policy and Strategy

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Migration: A Multidimensional Challenge for 21st Century Policy

December 2019 – Vol 1, No. 11.

December 2019 Monthly Briefing

Migration: A Multidimensional Challenge for 21st Century Policy