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Borders of convenience: European legal measures and the migration crisis.

Arnell, Paul; Lyons, Carole



Quazi Mahtab Zaman

Greg G. Hall


The migration crisis has posed fundamental questions for European institutions. Amongst these are whether EU human rights reality matches its rhetoric. The answer is a resounding no. The reaction of the EU to the crisis has entailed an abdication of responsibility, in part through adopting convenient new external ‘borders’. One response to this development has been a jurisdictional extension of human rights protection by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). This chapter exposes both the EU response to the crisis and the attempts by the ECtHR to re-impose responsibility on European states.


ARNELL, P. and LYONS, C. 2023. Borders of convenience: European legal measures and the migration crisis. In Zaman, Q.M. and Hall, G.G. (eds.) Border urbanism: transdisciplinary perspectives. Cham: Springer [online], chapter 26, pages 421-431. Available from:

Acceptance Date Aug 29, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 7, 2023
Publication Date Dec 31, 2023
Deposit Date Nov 21, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 8, 2025
Publisher Springer
Pages 421-431
Series Title The urban book series
Series ISSN 2365-757X; 2365-7588
Book Title Border urbanism: transdisciplinary perspectives
Chapter Number 26
ISBN 9783031066030
Keywords Borders; European Union; Migrants; Human rights; Jurisdiction
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