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    ‘Forever Temporary’: migrants in Calais, then and now

    Reinisch, Jessica (2015) ‘Forever Temporary’: migrants in Calais, then and now. The Political Quarterly 86 (4), pp. 515-522. ISSN 0032-3179.

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    This article examines two recent refugee crises in Calais: the debate around the Sangatte refugee camp, which was resolved in 2002, and the ongoing problems in Calais, which have been escalating since autumn 2014. It asks: why are these events repeating? What, if anything, has changed between 2002 and now? It points to a number of new developments since 2002, such as growing numbers of migrants worldwide, and a changing European political and legal landscape. But it also argues that a number of the same factors that led to the Sangatte crisis are still shaping events and responses in Calais today. They concern the persistent shortcomings of European states’ immigration controls, the failures to reach Europe-wide and international agreements on migration, and the inadequacies of international bodies such as the UNHCR and the 1951 Refugee Convention which it upholds.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): refugees, migrants, 1951 Convention, UNHCR, immigration, Cold War
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2016 13:05
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:25


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