1st Edition

Migration, EU Integration and the Balkan Route

    172 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Contributing to our understanding of the impact of the 2015 migrant “crisis” on the future of EU integration, this book views the “crisis” as an accelerant to existing problems, namely Brexit, the growing popularity of anti-immigrant far right parties and the rise of xenophobic and antiliberal governments from the Baltics to the Balkans.

    Providing analysis at the national, regional level and EU level, this book shows how the countries on the migrant route have been affected according to their degree of integration with the EU and the specific socio-political and economic conditions of each country.

    The volume will be of interest to scholars or international relations, security studies, border studies, EU policies, migration studies and Southeast European studies.

    1. Contextualizing Refugee ‘Crisis’ and EU Integration: Interrelatedness and Mutual Reciprocity

    Pavlos Gkasis and Marko Kmezić 

    2. The EU integration project through the lens of the Balkan-route ‘migrant crisis’

    Iryna Kushnir, Majella Kilkey and Francesca Strumia 

    3. EU-Turkey Relations and the Migration Issue: transactionalism in action 

    Dimitris Tsarouhas 

    4. The Migration/Refugee Crisis and the (un/re)making of Europe: Risks and challenges for Greece

    Dimitris Keridis 

    5. The Balkan Human Corridor and the case of North Macedonia

    Zoran Ilievski and Hristina Runcheva Tasev 

    6. The Impact of the “Refugee crisis” on European Integration in the field of Asylum and Migration: a Serbian perspective

    Stefan Surlić 

    7. Is Bosnia and Herzegovina a New Hotspot on the Balkan Route?

    Armina Galijaš 

    8. Securitizing Migration in Contemporary Hungary: From Discourse to Practice

    András Szalai 

    9. Germany after '2015': Still a country of immigration and asylum?

    Marcus Engler 

    10. Conclusions: The Crisis of Migrants as opposed to the Migrant ‘Crisis’ and the Crisis of European Solidarity

    Marko Kmezić


    Marko Kmezić is a Senior Scientist and Lecturer at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria.

    Alexandra Prodromidou is an Assistant Professor at the Business Administration and Economics Department of CITY College, University of York, Europe Campus and a Research Associate at the Southeast European Research Centre (SEERC) in Thessaloniki, Greece.

    Pavlos Gkasis is the Associate Dean of the Bachelor of Business Administration in Project Management program at Yorkville University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.