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Published April 25, 2022 | Version v1
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From cleavages to facts on the ground: A conceptualisation of the work of civil society organisations on matters of refugee and migration policy

  • 1. Open University

Description

Civil society organisations (CSOs) represent a key part of the political landscape surrounding refugee policy: as highly flexible bodies, they are able to fill more effectively the gap between the formal political institutions of the state and international society and the lived experience of refugees on the ground. However, despite growing interest in these organisations, there has not been an attempt to model a comprehensive framework of how the wider political and social debate about refugee policy has translated into the pattern and nature of CSOs. This paper offers such a framework, drawing on Sicakkan’s (2021) cleavage model, as operationalised through political opportunity structures. It highlights a number of expected elements in both transnational and national CSO activity that will form the basis for on-going research. 

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PROTECT – THE RIGHT TO INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION: A PENDULUM BETWEEN GLOBALIZATION AND NATIVIZATION? 870761
European Commission