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Securitization of migration and the far right: the case of Greek security professionals

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dimitris SkleparisORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley, 2016.

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Since the events of 9/11, security concerns have gained unprecedented dominance on western governments' national and international political agendas; Greece has been no exception. The success or failure of a far right party, like Golden Dawn, depends on the effectiveness of the government to regulate immigration and to develop policies aimed at combating the racism which pervades the political culture of society at this particular juncture, when the country is experiencing severe crisis. The aim is to provide an account of the rationale of the securitization of migration from the perspective of Greek security professionals. We argue that the extreme securitizing perceptions of security professionals have been exploited and assisted by far‐right extremist groups, which instilled racial violence, hate speech/crime into society, resulting in patterned, unreflective, and routinized security practices and discourses which are more in line with the beliefs and values advocated by the extreme right.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lazaridis G, Skleparis D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Migration

Year: 2016

Volume: 54

Issue: 2

Pages: 176-192

Online publication date: 08/12/2015

Acceptance date: 03/11/2015

Date deposited: 15/08/2019

ISSN (print): 0020-7985

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2435

Publisher: Wiley


DOI: 10.1111/imig.12219


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