Lea Müller-Funk / Christiane Fröhlich / André Bank

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

GIGA Working Papers | 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.

    Series

    GIGA Working Papers

    Series Number

    323

    Number of Pages

    42

    Publisher

    German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)

    Location

    Hamburg

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