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NoVaMigra – Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis

Contact person: Brigitte Suter
Responsible: Brigitte Suter
Co-workers: Christian Fernandez
Partner: University of Duisburg-Essen (DE) (coordinators), University of Milan (IT), Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) (GR), John Wesley Theological College (HU), Adam Mickiewicz University (PL), Utrecht University (NL), University Pari
Funding: European Commission, Horizon2020
Timeframe: 2018-04-01 -- 2021-03-31
Research programme: Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Culture and Society, Global Political Studies
Webpage: http://novamigra.eu/

Several, partly interconnected crises have profoundly challenged the European project in recent years. Among them especially the reactions to the arrival of 1.25 million refugees in 2015 called into question the idea(l) of a unified Europe guaranteeing the rights of refugees and implementing norms and values many see contained in the Community acquis. The still ongoing debate about the distribution of refugees within the EU, the further development of the Dublin system and discussions about “deals” with Turkey and North-African states showed and show deep divides about the values Europe should realize. There is an urgent need to stabilize and reunite Europe with common norms and

values to find appropriate, morally right and feasible solutions to the multiple crises it faces. The EU’s ability to overcome its crises, particularly in the context of migration and integration policies, will not only depend on its provision of material benefits to states and individuals, it must also credibly claim the ability to establish conditions for legitimacy and justice within and beyond Europe. 

With a unique combination of social scientific analysis, as well as legal and philosophical normative reconstruction and theory, NOVAMIGRA will develop a precise descriptive and normative understanding of the current “value crisis”, assess possible evolutions of European values, and consider Europe’s future in light of rights, norms, and values that it should aim at and that could contribute to overcoming the crisis. The project’s main objectives are:

-   Providing a precise and comprehensive understanding of core values/norms in Europe, their current transformation and possible evolution

-   Explaining the way values/norms motivate or affect relevant political, administrative and societal agents with regard to migration and the integration of migrants and refugees into European societies, and studying, if, how, and why this has changed with the refugee crisis since 2015

-  Developing a rights-based democratic perspective for the EU and its member states, which takes into account differences in European values/norms that became visible in the refugee crisis, and the possible evolution of values, but also reflects Europe’s global responsibility

NoVaMigra’s overall strategy is to provide significant impact on academia, policymaking, and society. It combines the expertise of a multidisciplinary and international team of experienced researchers and an Advisory Board composed of relevant stakeholders in politics and society. NoVaMigra transmits its insights into the political debate and development of immigration/asylum and of integration policies. It outlines a comprehensive strategy for relevant stakeholders on the European, national and regional level aiming at overcoming the deep divergences in Europe regarding migration, integration and refugees.

 

 

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