Migration controls in Italy and Hungary from conditionalized to domesticized humanitarianism at the EU borders

Umut Korkut, Andrea Terlizzi, Daniel Gyollai

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This article analyses the migration control narrative in Italy and Hungary at the nexus of humanitarianism and securitisation. Noteworthy for our purposes is how the humanitarian discourse is undervalued as the EU border states emphasise either full securitisation or else securitisation as a condition for humanitarianism when it comes to border management and refugee protection measures. In effect, our goal is to trace, on the one hand, how politicians conceptualise humanitarianism for the self and for the extension of the self; and, on the other, how they conditionalize humanitarianism for the other. The term humanitarianism refers to those activities “intended to relieve suffering, stop preventable harm, save lives at risk, and improve the welfare of vulnerable populations” (Barnett 2013: 383). The humanitarian-securitisation nexus indicates a simultaneous mobilisation of humanitarian and securitisation discourses in which the humanitarian rhetoric can also be used to justify and legitimise the implementation of security measures (Casas-Cortes et al. 2015; Cuttitta 2018; Sciurba and Furri 2018). Reflecting on the institutional and discursive nexus of humanitarianism and securitization in effect to migration controls, our aim is also to contextualise political narratives of Europe and how politicians use them to affect the public. We elaborate on this nexus considering how it foregrounds human rights for the self but challenges humanitarianism as it undervalues human rights for the other.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Language and Politics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 15 Jan 2020

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Korkut, U., Terlizzi, A., & Gyollai, D. (Accepted/In press). Migration controls in Italy and Hungary from conditionalized to domesticized humanitarianism at the EU borders. Journal of Language and Politics .
Korkut, Umut ; Terlizzi, Andrea ; Gyollai, Daniel . / Migration controls in Italy and Hungary from conditionalized to domesticized humanitarianism at the EU borders. In: Journal of Language and Politics . 2020.
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