This book explores how the rising numbers of refugees entering Europe from 2015 onwards played into fears of cultural, religious, and ethnic differences across the continent. The migrant, or refugee crisis, prompted fierce debate about European norms and values, with some commentators questioning whether mostly Muslim refugees would be able to adhere to these values, and be able to integrate into a predominantly Christian European society. In this volume, philosophers, legal scholars, anthropologists and sociologists, analyze some of these debates and discuss practical strategies to reconcile the values that underpin the European project with multiculturalism and religious pluralism, whilst at the same time safeguarding the rights of refugees to seek asylum.

Country case studies in the book are drawn from France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom; representing states with long histories of immigration, countries with a more recent refugee arrivals, and countries that want to keep refugees at bay and refuse to admit even the smallest number of asylum seekers. Contributors in the book explore the roles which national and local governments, civil society, and community leaders play in these debates and practices, and ask what strategies are being used to educate refugees about European values, and to facilitate their integration.

At a time when debates on refugees and European norms continue to rage, this book provides an important interdisciplinary analysis which will be of interest to European policy makers, and researchers across the fields of migration, law, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, and political science.

The Open Access version of this book, available at

https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429279317, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license

chapter 1|11 pages

European norms and values and the refugee crisis

Issues and challenges
ByElżbieta M. Goździak, Izabella Main
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chapter 2|13 pages

Echoes of memories of forced displacement

The case of the Greek island of Lesvos
ByMarilena Anastasopoulou
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chapter 3|14 pages

Against the expansion of racism

The experience of the Camp des Milles
ByBernard Mossé
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chapter 4|20 pages

The Moral Panic Button 1

Construction and consequences
ByMárton Gerő, Endre Sik
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chapter 5|15 pages

Abolishing asylum and violating the human rights of refugees. Why is it tolerated?

The case of Hungary in the EU
ByFelix Bender
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chapter 6|17 pages

Between closing borders to refugees and welcoming Ukrainian workers

Polish migration law at the crossroads
ByWitold Klaus
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chapter 7|20 pages

Debating deportation detention in Germany

The many faces of the rule of law
ByJohanna Caroline Günther
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chapter 8|17 pages

Integration by contract and the ‘values of the Republic’

Investigating the French State as a value promoter for migrants (2003–2016)
ByMyriam Hachimi Alaoui, Janie Pélabay
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chapter 9|21 pages

Box-ticking exercise or real inclusion?

Challenges of including refugees’ perspectives in EU policy
ByRobert Larruina, Halleh Ghorashi
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chapter 10|17 pages

Being a ‘refuge-city’

Welcoming rhetorics in Paris and Barcelona
ByLouise Hombert
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chapter 11|19 pages

Holding course

Civil society organizations’ value expressions in the Swedish legislative consultation system before and after 2015
ByRoberto Scaramuzzino, Brigitte Suter
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chapter 12|16 pages

Community-based sponsorship of refugees resettling in the UK

British values in action?
ByJoanne van Selm
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chapter 13|19 pages

Crisis and Willkommenskultur

Civil society volunteering for refugees in Germany
ByTherese Herrmann
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chapter 14|16 pages

Cosmopolitanism at the crossroads

Swedish immigration policy after the 2015 refugee crisis
ByChristian Fernández
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chapter 15|17 pages

(Un)Deserving refugees

Contested access to the ‘community of value’ in Italy
ByChiara Marchetti
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chapter 16|16 pages

Christian charity as the last line of defense for migrants in Ventimiglia

ByJuan Pablo Aris Escarcena
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chapter 17|17 pages

Proclaiming and practicing pro-immigration values in Poland

A case study of Poznań
ByIzabella Main
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chapter 18|7 pages

Concluding thoughts

ByElżbieta M. Goździak, Brigitte Suter
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