WHO IS SHAPING BORDER MANAGEMENT IN THE EU, AND HOW?
ORGANISERS: SABINE HESS, LENA KARAMANIDOU, BERND KASPAREK
Border management and border policies are both amongst the most contentious, as well as the most Europeanised areas of this larger policy field. To this end, the policies and practices of border management in the European Union are constantly contested and re-negotiated by a multiplicity of actors, and on different scales. The former involve the institutions of the European Union, its agencies, Member State governments and their apparatuses, as well as intergovernmental and non- governmental organisations, while the latter range from the concrete border sites to the scale of the nation state and beyond to the European Union.
We will explore how border management in the European Union has changed since 2012 and especially since 2015, with a particular emphasis on case studies in how border management in the European Union has been shaped between 2012 and 2017, and by whom. Concerning actors, the panel especially focuses on papers addressing the European Commission and EU agencies such as Frontex, the role of Member State governments, the UNHCR, as well as NGOs. Some papers contribute country-specific case studies covering the above mentioned actors, while others focus on one particular actor.