Whose Migration Crisis?

Prem Kumar Rajaram

Abstract


At the end of November 2016, in Hungary, a Syrian man known only as ‘Ahmed H’ was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment on terrorism charges.  These charges amounted to throwing stones at Hungarian police and inciting others to do the same at Röszke on the Serbian-Hungarian border in September 2015.  To the authorities, Ahmed H was a part of a ‘migrant crisis’.  The narrative of crisis simplified and depoliticised the movement of people through Hungary and across Europe.  The crisis for the most part was narrated as Europe’s (meaning, variously a crisis for European culture, for European women, for European religion, for European political systems)

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17356/ieejsp.v2i4.314

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