The contested politics of naming in Europe’s “refugee crisis”

Nando Sigona*

*Corresponding author for this work

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How we label, categorize and, in turn, differentiate between those on the move, for example those who cross the Mediterranean on unseaworthy boats, has enormous implications on the kind of legal and moral obligations receiving states and societies feel towards them. This is perhaps even more salient nowadays in the context of the process of reform of the global governance of migration initiated with the 2016 New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-460
Number of pages5
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number3
Early online date20 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • boat migration
  • labelling
  • migration governance
  • Refugee status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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