Fortress Europe?

Challenges and Failures of Migration and Asylum Policies

  • Annette Jünemann
  • Nikolas Scherer
  • Nicolas Fromm

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Annette Jünemann, Nicolas Fromm, Nikolas Scherer
    Pages 1-7
  3. Migration: Legal, economic and political determinants

  4. EU migration policies: An ambiguous picture of “Fortress Europe”

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Michael Köhler
      Pages 73-82
    3. Jan Claudius Völkel
      Pages 83-103
  5. Germany’s integration debate: Migration as a societal challenge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Naika Foroutan
      Pages 123-138
    3. Hannes Schammann
      Pages 139-158
    4. Jana Sinram
      Pages 159-165
    5. Annette Jünemann
      Pages 167-183
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 185-188

About this book


An unprecedented number of people is currently on the move seeking refuge in Europe. Large parts of European societies respond with anxiety and mistrust to the influx of people. Nationalist, anti-migrant parties from Slovakia over Germany to the UK have gained increasing support among the electorate and challenge the political mainstream. Europe is struggling how to respond. While the search for solutions is ongoing one pattern seems to be emerging: Fortress Europe is in the making. Unfortunately, few of these discussions and measures consider the structural root causes and dynamics of migration, the motives of migrants or societal challenges more thoroughly. This book seeks to address this deficit. Taking migration and asylum policies as a starting point, it analyses the various dimensions underpinning migration. In doing so, it identifies why receiving countries are in many ways part of the problem. To eschew an overtly Euro-centric perspective and stimulate a debate between science and politics, it contains contributions by academics and practitioners alike from both shores of the Mediterranean.

Target Groups
• Researchers and students in political science, International Relations, European Studies, Area Studies focusing on migration
• Policymakers on the regional, national and sub-national level
• Civil society actors working in the field of migration and integration 

The Editors
Dr. Annette Jünemann is Professor for Political Science and International Relations, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg.
Nicolas Fromm is political consultant and PhD candidate, Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg.
Nikolas Scherer is political consultant and PhD candidate, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Annette Jünemann
    • 1
  • Nikolas Scherer
    • 2
  • Nicolas Fromm
    • 3
  1. 1.Helmut Schmidt University HamburgGermany
  2. 2.Hertie School of Governance BerlinGermany
  3. 3.Helmut Schmidt University HamburgGermany

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