Rethinking the Law and Politics of Migration

2023 has seen an uptick in migratory flows and a concomitant escalation of restrictionist governmental approaches to migration control. Newly introduced measures increasingly violate even long-established human rights norms and/or the rule of law, while also failing to provide real solutions to the challenges that (im)migration governance poses. Language of crisis, necessity, emergency and deterrence have been pervasive, combined with an increasingly nativist and exclusionary nationalist discourse within even established liberal democracies. Legal commentary has mostly remained reactive, leaving little space for discussion of what an alternative legal and political approach to migration governance might look like. In this symposium, scholars of migration law take stock of the current framework, its policies and normative assumptions and discuss where to go from here.