The Risk Of Migration And The European Counter Terrorism Agenda

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The risk of migration, with a specific focus on immigration, is said to have spread to include the threat to national security. Increasing levels of terrorism have initiated uncertainties about the ability of states to provide national protection, defending its citizens from outsiders . Examples such as the bombings in Madrid on March 11, 2004, and in London on July 7, 2005, have merely heightened fears about the links between migration and terrorism in Europe. This had led to immigration largely featuring on the European counter-terrorism agenda. The notion that migration is to blame has also been exploited by the far right parties eager to muster support on an anti- immigration stance. Ballot triumph of right wing populist parties…show more content…
However, whilst it is clear that terrorism does reduce the state’s ability to protect its citizens I believe that evidence suggests that the role migration plays is uncertain, yet the concept of ‘migration’ continues to be adopted to explain the root cause. I agree with Griswold that this could be due to the fact that there is no clear distinction between the concept of immigration and boarder control. ‘Border control is about whom we allow to enter the country, whether on a temporary or permanent basis; immigration is about whom we allow to stay and settle permanently’ . There is a lack of understanding to realise that out of the millions of foreigners who enter Europe each year, immigrants are only a small percentage of that entire total. This misconception of the relationship between migration and national security is further supported by Spencer; his claim is that public opinion fails to differentiate between ‘immigrant’ and ‘foreigner’. Public opinion also fails to distinguish the difference between permanent and non-permanent stay in a country, equating immigrant with foreigner. The principal characteristic of the idea of immigration is the permanent domicile in a foreign country. People are being classed as immigrants who have entered the country on temporary visas, including tourists, students as well as those on Business . Consequently, the term immigration has become too wide-ranging as the
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