CANCELLED Lecture: Donor influence in the West African migration governance - to the benefit of whom? by Leonie Jegen (University of Freiburg)

17-03-2020 from 09:30 to 11:00
Filmplateau, Paddenhoek 3, 9000 Gent
Department of Conflict and Development Studies
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Debates in Conflict & Development - Bordering Europe: The securitization of the Europe's migration and development policies.


The development of West African migration governance has to a large extend been driven by external actors, often with the aim of strengthening capacities to ‘manage migration.’ More critical scholars have understood these processes as ‘externalizing Europe’s borders’ (e.g. Casas-Cortes et. al 2015, Vives 2017) aiming to contain unwanted populations (Duffield 2006). The external dimension of European migration governance developed in line with European integration and was strengthened at moments of ‘crisis’ (see for example Andersson and Keen 2019). This presentation will firstly, give an oversight of the external dimension of migration governance of the EU and secondly, the impact donor driven migration governance has on West African countries. It draws on field work conducted in Niger and Senegal.


Leonie Jegen is an Affiliated Researcher at the University of Freiburg and the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (IES). For the past three years she has worked at different research projects on migration governance in West Africa. She conducted field work in Ghana, Senegal and Niger from 2018 – 2019 and conducted more than 160 interviews with diverse stakeholders involved in aspects of migration governance. Prior to researching Leonie worked at for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE). She holds a MA in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex and is currently exploring opportunities to deepen her research in the framework of a PhD.