Network members:
Dr. Michalis Moutselos (Project Leader)
Dr. Tihomir Sabchev (Refugee Hub, University of Ottawa)
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Steven Vertovec

The Max Planck research group looks at how Cyprus, Greece and Malta have managed their transformation from countries of emigration to destination countries for migrants and asylum seekers; and their emergence as border states of an emerging EU migration and asylum regime. Scholars from the three countries and migration researchers from Europe will form a network and explore this rebordering of the Southeast Mediterranean in a series of workshops and international conferences.

Re-bordering gradually erodes the sovereignty of nation states and leads to clashes (but also cooperation) among European, national and local institutions. Relatedly, re-bordering is having profound consequences on public understandings of citizenship and nationhood in the three countries. The partner group, co-hosted by the University of Cyprus and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG) will aim to provide a systematic theoretical and empirical account of re-bordering in this understudied area of the European Union.

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