Europe and the Refugee Response: A Crisis of Values?

Our international colleagues from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland), Oslo Met University (Norway), Georgetown University, (United States), and Malmö University (Sweden), have recently published their new edited volume “Europe and the Refugee Response: A Crisis of Values?”.

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.


About the authors

Elżbieta M. Goździak is a Visiting Professor at the Center for Migration Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland, a Research Professor at Oslo Met University, Oslo, Norway, and a Fellow for Refugee Engaged Scholarship at the Center for Social Justice, Georgetown University, USA.

Izabella Main is an Associate Professor of Ethnology and Anthropology of Culture, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.

Brigitte Suter is a Senior researcher at Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) at Malmö University, Sweden.

The Open Access-version of “Europe and the Refugee Response A Crisis of Values?” can be found here.