The Evolution of Migration Management in the Global North

The Evolution of Migration Management in the Global North
16 November 2017, 6.00pm - 7.30pm
Woburn Suite, G22/26, Ground Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

The International Refugee Law Seminar Series, sponsored by the Refugee Law Initiative at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, provides a public space for discussion, promotion and dissemination of research between academics, practitioners, students and others with an interest in the refugee and forced migration field.

8th International Refugee Law Seminar Series: ‘Refugee Law in the New World Disorder’

Following the 9/11 attacks on the USA, James Hathaway and Colin Harvey questioned ‘Refugee Protection in the New World Disorder’. Some 15 years later we return to this topic in light of new threats to global order through a series of lectures that investigate key challenges for refugee law today.

The Evolution of Migration Management in the Global North


Governments of the Global North came together in the 1980s driven by urgency to gain back control over their borders brought about by a ‘refugee crisis’. This sparked a process of idea exchange moulding into doctrine formation that is today normalised as Migration Management. The building blocks of Migration Management are securitisation on the one hand and entrepreneurialisation on the other. This discourse is normatively violent in as much as it makes objects of erasure of a minority of people who could otherwise be understood to be forced migrants. The presentation will shed light on the tools that render a discourse of protection unintelligible to enforcement agencies and governments of the Global North by recounting how the doctrine of Migration Management came to be formed in the secretive forum of the Intergovernmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees.

This seminar will introduce Dr Oelgemoller's book which was just published by Routledge.


Dr Christina Oelgemoller is currently a Lecturer in International Relations at Loughborough University. Christina’s research is driven by questions about statecraft, democracy and ethics, around two specific areas of research interest: constructions of political subjectivity and equality, and doctrine formation in international multilateralism and diplomacy.


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