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Greece’s response to the European refugee crisis: A tale of two securitizations

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This study examines the securitization of the European refugee crisis in Greece from the perspective of the Copenhagen School’s analytical framework as advanced with novel methodological tools. Building on primary data consisting of interviews with, among others, Greek ministers of migration, this study argues that between 2012 and 2015 the central-right government of New Democracy securitized successfully the immigration crisis. This study further maintains that from 2015 to 2018 the government led by the radical-left SYRIZA meta-securitized the securitization tactics of other actors.

Keywords: Copenhagen School; Greece; Securitization; migration; refugee crisis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Government and International Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Publication date: January 1, 2023

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