Rethinking the ‘European Refugee Crisis’
The trigger for the so-called European refugee crisis is not the arrival of an – albeit unprecedented – inflow of refugees into the EU. The causes in fact lie much deeper.
When most people think of collective action, they likely think of citizens mobilising for various ends or states and other transnational actors addressing problems. But what do we see when we examine refugees as agents of collective action themselves?
Public and humanitarian discourses on refugees in the Global South often present women as highly vulnerable. The logic of vulnerability behind such aid, however, prompts questions; its focus risks portraying women as passive - although they are not.
Palestinian refugees have continually demonstrated their agency by resisting the confines of their situation – with surprising degrees of success. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) provides an instructive case study.
While political theorists and philosophers alike have begun to consider the claims of climate refugees, they have largely ignored the question of collective rights stemming from the loss of an entire state. What might be owed as reparation?