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Graphically rich, theoretically flawless, practically irreplaceable. The Atlas of Migration in Europe is one new source of information of unparalleled value that border crosser scholars and practitioners alike can now rely on for the quantity and coherence of topics covered and the historical range of the changes it accounts for.
Alison Gerard, The Border Crossing Observatory

The Atlas of Migration in Europe, published in English for the first time, is a critical analysis of political asylum and immigration in the European Union over recent years. It bears witness to the dramatic and tragic events on Europe’s borders.

Each year, hundreds of migrants die by drowning or exhaustion, trapped at sea in boats that are unsuitable and overloaded. Seeking to flee countries in crisis or war, these people are not able to travel legally because of the enhanced surveillance of European borders, especially in the south and east. International law is often applied in a highly restrictive manner, or denied altogether. This leaves migrants in an almost impossible situation.

The atlas addresses:

  • Globalisation and migration flows
  • Increased protectionism in controls on international migration
  • The establishment of asylum and immigration at the heart of European politics
  • The consequences of migration controls and the threats to fundamental rights

Since the mid-1980s, European countries have been strengthening immigration controls at their borders as well as in countries from which and through which migrants travel. This has the effect of making journeys extremely dangerous and assigning some of the poorest people on the planet to house arrest. The current situation does not seem likely to improve without significant changes in policy and rhetoric. The militarization of borders and the strengthening of controls appear to be the only reactions of politicians in need of solutions.

The text is enhanced with maps, charts and photographs throughout. For each of the themes, the Atlas brings together more than a hundred maps, graphics, texts, photographs: documents that allow us to understand how borders shift and are ‘outsourced’; to view the control infrastructure and illustrate the security development of migration in Europe and beyond.

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Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 296 x 210mm
Page extent: 152
Publication date: October 2013
ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-083-9

Date added: April 19, 2012

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