The subject of belonging conjures up a realm of emotions. This essay explores statelessness through the prism of belonging, asking whether the United Nations Refugee Agency’s reframing of statelessness as an issue of belonging can be successful in eradicating statelessness globally.
This collection of twelve essays by some of the most distinguished political theorists, philosophers, and legal scholars working on the normative issues surrounding borders and migration addresses a wide range of theoretical and practical topics.
Is the EU Gradually Renouncing its Fundamental Values in Order to Better Protect its External Borders?
Given the EU’s increasing outsourcing of its border security strategy to third countries, Solon Ardittis calls for “a fully fledged set of fundamental rights guidelines and monitoring mechanisms” to ensure the bloc does not abandon its fundamental values in favor of protecting its external borders.
When it comes to the crisis of the stateless—those who have fled their homes, been ejected from their states by war, conflict, natural disasters or economic collapse, or who can no longer remain as citizens of their states by virtue of their race, religion, ethnicity or class—the old, established ways of doing things are coming under strain.
Striking a sustainable balance between the needs of the demos and the desire to be cosmopolitan will be the defining political debate of the coming year.
When economies are prosperous and societies are secure, cosmopolitanism finds greater acceptance. When economies contract or insecurity grows, pressure grows to restrict and limit the demos. This tug of war is now defining politics in Europe and the United States.
The issues of who, why, and how to protect refugees pose a series of normative challenges that can only be addressed by recognizing the dynamic nature of refugee protection today.