Norms and Values in the European Migration and Refugee Crisis

NoVaMigra has released three new publications on how the values of hospitality, religious tolerance and gender equality have played out on the ground in immigration contexts – see here.

Policy Papers

Valuing Gender Equality: Ideas, Practices and Actors in Everyday Integration Work

NoVaMigra_D3.3c_BP_Valuing Gender Equality_v1.0.pdf This report investigates how the value of gender equality is understood and conveyed in integration work in Europe, especially after the increase in state and non‐state initiatives to integrate newcomers. We discuss fieldwork from four European countries - Germany, Hungary, Poland and Sweden.

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Hospitality in Civil Society: Practices during the European ‘Refugee Crisis’

NoVaMigra_D3.3a_BP_Hospitality_v1.0.pdf This report examines the concept of hospitality, a critical value in the EU in the period 2015‐2018 during the European ‘refugee crisis’. It draws on fieldwork in Greece, Hungary, Poland, Germany and Sweden and analyses how hospitality manifested through the process of reception and, particularly, accommodation.

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The ‘Refugee Crisis’ and Religious Tolerance in Europe: Plurality of Perspectives

NoVaMigra_D3.3b_BP_Religion_v1.0.pdf This briefing paper examines practices of and debates on religious tolerance in immigration contexts in five European countries—Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland, and Sweden. On the one hand, politicians, religious leaders, and other public figures openly expressed their opposition to refugee reception by framing Islam as a threat to the identity of the European continent, reducing refugees’ complex identities to their religious affiliation. On the other hand, our research has identified a plethora of voices and activities undertaken to ‘welcome the stranger.’ Many civil society representatives interviewed explained their motivation to assist and solidarize with asylum seekers by referring to religious values.

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Europe and The Refugee Response - A Crisis of Values?

Edited Volume Preview (1).pdf This book explores how the rising numbers of refugees entering Europe from 2015 onwards played into fears of cultural, religious, and ethnic differences across the continent. The migrant, or refugee crisis, prompted fierce debate about European norms and values, with some commentators questioning whether mostly Muslim refugees would be able to adhere to these values, and be able to integrate into a predominantly Christian European society. In this volume, philosophers, legal scholars, anthropologists, and sociologists analyze some of these debates and discuss practical strategies to reconcile the values that underpin the European project with multiculturalism and religious pluralism, whilst at the same time safeguarding the rights of refugees to seek asylum.

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Quality Newspapers vs. Populism: Shaping pro‐immigration attitudes in five EU Member States

What’s the role of the media in shaping attitudes towards Europe as a “continent of immigration”? This policy paper focuses on widely read quality newspapers in France, Germany, Poland and Sweden as well as on the special case of Hungary where press freedom has been largely dismantled. We show that quality newspapers are a bulwark against far‐right populism and crucial contributors to the strengthening of pro‐immigration attitudes in accordance with the core values of the EU.

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Report on the EU Charter: Full Text

FACCHI A. PAROLARI P. RIVA N. Values in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (1)-komprimiert.pdf Dignity, Freedoms, Equality, Solidarity, Citizens' Rights, Justice - How are the European Charter of Fundamental Rights's main values understood and interpreted in case law, and what do they mean for migrants' rights? NoVaMigra's Alessandra Facchi, Paola Parolari and Nicola Riva explore the Charter's scope, genesis, and philosophical background.

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Report on the EU Charter: Executive Summary

Report on the EU Charter This is a one-page summary of our report focusing on the normative content, genesis, historical background and implementation of the EU Charter.

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NoVaMigra Value Landscape: Methodology and Key Findings

D1.4 General Value Landscape Matrix_v3.0_incl. DOI.pdf This is a user's guide for NoVaMigra's Value Landscape.The Value Landscape is a tool to visualize aspects of NoVaMigra’s research on value discourses in the context of migration and integration policies in Europe, both at EU and at member state level. Starting in September 2019, it will continuously evolve throughout the project, incorporating new research findings and enabling their comparison and contrast. [....]

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Summary Report: Value Agents in Public and Civil Society Institutions

NoVaMigra D3.1 Summary Report on Value Agents in Public and Civil  Society Institutions_v1.0_DOI.pdf In this report, we map central ‘value agents’ in public and civil society organizations that facilitate refugee and immigrant integration and examine the values that motivate and guide programs and staff assisting refugees in their integration processes. [...]

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Approaches to Cosmopolitanism: Review Essay

D4.1 Review Essay of Approaches to Cosmopolitan Democracy_v1.0.pdf This  report  proposes  an  analytical  framework  to  approach  various  normative  models  of  cosmopolitanism  and  European  cosmopolitanism.

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Talking of Values: Understanding the Normative Discourse of EU Migration Policy

D2.1 Paper on the (value-based) EU policies on migration_v1.0.pdf With respect to migration, the period 2014-2017 was characterised by reactionary policies and the outburst of populist discourses, the rise and fall of the ‘Welcome’ culture, a growing debate on sharing responsibility, the raising of fences and border closures and political divisions within the Union. Since values lie at the core of the European project, the question of whether those values are indeed common, has also risen to the forefront. [...]

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NoVaMigra Bibliography

This bibliography, which is intended as a resource for public action as well as for further work in the NoVaMigra project, collects important references from philosophy as well as, to an extent, from other disciplines such as anthropology and law.

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NoVaMigra has released three new publications on how the values of hospitality, religious tolerance and gender equality have played out on the ground in immigration contexts – see here.

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