Lea Müller-Funk / Christiane Fröhlich / André Bank

State(s) of Negotiation: Drivers of Forced Migration Governance in Most of the World

GIGA Working Paper, No. 323, August 2020

Abstract
Between normative aspirations and national interests, forced migrants often become pawns in host states’ negotiations with internal and external actors. Focusing on North Africa, the Middle East, and the Horn of Africa, this paper offers an analytical framework to better understand forced migration governance across space and time from a more global, pluralist perspective in a logic of iterative theory-building. We hypothesise that some drivers of forced migration governance are distinct from drivers of migration governance – for example, global policy and conceptions of humanitarian norms and principles play a larger role in the former. We hypothesise that while forced migration governance is negotiated around humanitarian principles, in which international actors, externalisation, and civil society play a crucial role, it also functions as a regime strategy and is driven by certain characteristics of forced migrant groups, including size and perceived identity proximity. Finally, forced migration governance is characterised by strong path dependency.

GIGA-Forschung zum Thema

Related Research Tabs

GIGA AutorInnen

Dr. Lea Müller-Funk ist wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA). Sie hat einen Doktortitel in Politik und Arabistik und ist derzeit Teil des Forschungsprojekts Migration Governance and Asylum Crises. Lea war Projektleitern von SYRMAGINE an der Universität von Amsterdam.

Dr. Christiane Fröhlich ist Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Nahost-Studien. In ihren Arbeiten analysiert sie Zwangsmigration, menschliche Mobilität im Kontext politischer und ökologischer Krisen, den Nord-Süd-Konflikt sowie die Verflechtungen von Ressourcenknappheit und Gewaltkonflikten.

Dr. André Bank ist Senior Research Fellow am GIGA Institut für Nahost-Studien. Er war Sprecher des Forschungsnetzwerks „International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes“ (IDCAR), das in den Jahren von 2014 bis 2019 von der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft gefördert wurde. Zu seinen Forschungsschwerpunkten gehören Autoritarismus, Konfliktdynamiken und regionale Ordnung im Nahen ­Osten.

Aktuelle Publikationen der AutorInnen

Christiane Fröhlich

Mobility and Climate Justice in the Mashriq

in: Ali Ahmad (ed.), Climate Justice and Migration: Mobility, Development and Displacement in the Global South, Heinrich Boell Foundation, forthcoming

Delf Rothe / Christiane Fröhlich / Juan Miguel Rodriguez Lopez

Digital humanitarianism and the visual politics of the refugee camp – (un)seeing control

International Political Sociology, forthcoming

Christiane Fröhlich / Lea Müller-Funk

Europäische Migrationskrisen aus tunesischer und türkischer Sicht

GIGA Focus Nahost, 05/2020

Christiane Fröhlich

Desecuritisation of Water as a Key for Water Diplomacy

Ensuring Water Security in the Middle East: Policy Implications, 15, 2020, 12-32