Provincializing European responses to the refugee 'crisis' through a Hungarian lens

Krasznai Kovacs, Eszter, Ramakrishnan, Kavita and Thieme, Tatiana (2022) Provincializing European responses to the refugee 'crisis' through a Hungarian lens. Political Geography, 98. ISSN 0962-6298

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This paper engages with state, citizen, and civil society responses to refugees in Budapest and Hungary more widely in order to ‘provincialise’ European migration policy and politics. We introduce grounded, eastern ‘frontline’ realities and histories to complicate European claims to universality and hierarchies of “goodness”. Through ethnographic work that documents and analyses refugee reception after the so-called 2015 refugee crisis, we shed light on the diverse forms of existing crises affecting the EU. These conflicts involve contestations over i) who is deemed European (questions that have been asked both of migrants and East Europeans), and ii) the ‘Europeanisation’ project as it has entailed new governance and funding arrangements for the development of civil society organisations. These new governance modes have attempted to re-shape city-state-EU dynamics, purposefully eliding problematic nation-state responses to refugees. These have heightened opposition to EU power-creep from conservative governments. Through an empirically rich discussion of the Hungarian context in relation to Europe, this paper speaks to the broader spectrum of grounded and politicised populist responses that have challenged the EU's governance and future.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 10 - reduced inequalities,sdg 11 - sustainable cities and communities,sdg 16 - peace, justice and strong institutions ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/reduced_inequalities
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Migration Research Network
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2022 12:30
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 19:37
DOI: 10.1016/j.polgeo.2022.102708


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