ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Human Migration as Crisis of Europe

Europe achieved continental unifi cation through economic means, liberal constitutionalism and a currency union. It set goals of peace and security that encourage everyone to be liberal with unfettered freedom to access the market, and, on the other hand, allow the European Union to follow interventionist policies near abroad. The consequences of the union are to be found in Europe's restrictive and contradictory policies and programmes relating to immigration and refugee protection. The European migration crisis originates from this contradiction.

Thanks to Madhura Chakrabarty, Ravi Palat, and Sucharita Sengupta for their inputs.

1 Introduction

Crossing borders might be a banal routine for cosmopolitan elites, yet reports, everyday, show that it continues to be a death-resisting and not infrequently death-embracing journey for refugees, and immigrants in search of life and security. Yet, undeterred by the risk that borders represent, the Palestinian–Italian film-maker Khaled Soliman al–Nassiry said recently at the Sydney premiere of the documentary comedy On the Bride’s Side, “Our hearts are broader than borders.” He continued,

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