The Perfect Storm: Sovereignty Games and the Law and Politics of Boat Migration

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4.690 migrants have lost their lives in the Mediterranean this year, making 2016 once again set a tragic record and the Mediterranean account for more than three fourths of all registered migrant casualties worldwide. In his most recent book chapter, “The Perfect Storm: Sovereignty Games and the Law and Politics of Boat Migration”, Research Director and Professor Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen argues that the current inability to adequately address the plight of boat migrants may perhaps best be understood as an instance of “the perfect storm”, ie. a confluence of circumstances that in their su, aggravate a given state of affairs dramatically. Both in political and in legal terms, the boat migrant is caught in several inter-related dynamics, all linked to the way that different states re-interpret and instrumentalise sovereign power and responsibility today.


  • Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication'Boat Refugees' and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach
Subtitle of host publicationIntegrating Maritime Security with Human Rights
EditorsVioleta Moreno-Lax, Efthymios Papastavridis
ISBN (Electronic)9789004300750
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameInternational Refugee Law Series
PublisherBrill Nijhof
ISSN (Print)2213-3836

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