The Prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship (H2020 European Funding) in Migration and Security in Europe has been awarded to USW’s Professor Christian Kaunert and Dr Joana de Deus Pereira
Prof Christian Kaunert and Dr Joana de Deus Pereira have been awarded a prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship for two years, starting from November 2018. Marie Curie Grants, as part of the prestigious H2020 research funding programme of the European Union, are very competitive, as only 10-12% of applications are successful. Each award is worth ca. € 200,000. Prof Kaunert and Dr Joana de Deus Pereira will investigate the role of the security industry as a shaper of European migration policy. Looking back over the last 20 years of EU migration management policy, the growth and development of a security industry within a hybrid space has become more and more palpable, whereby European and non-European security forces operate alongside NGOs, humanitarian groups and international organizations, and whereby private security companies play a key role supplying technology, military equipment, hardware and intelligence services. In parallel, the European Agenda for Migration is reflecting more and more the blurring of the lines between internal and external security, with policy outputs echoing the weight of the security industry.