„Push Back Frontex? Politicizing European Border Security“

September 21, 2023
10:00 - 11:30 CEST/CET

Talk by Ulrich Schneckener  

(University Osnabrück/IDM International Council) 


Moderated by Malwina Talik (IDM) 


21 September 2023, 10 a.m. 


Seminar room 

Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe 

Hahngasse 6/24, 1090 Wien 


Since its foundation in 2004, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, better known as Frontex, became gradually a target for politicization by different political forces. In particular, Frontex-critical NGOs and networks of activists started to campaign against Frontex as a symbol for restrictive EU migration and border politics, be it regarding the Mediterranean, the “Balkan route” or Eastern Europe. The most recent wave of politicisation was due to the “pushback scandal”, involving an inquiry by the European Parliament and resulting into the resignation of the Frontex director in 2022. In his talk, Prof. Dr. Schneckener, will introduce the concept of politicisation and analyse the processes regarding border security by focusing on the NGO spectrum as well as on the counter-reactions. He will also address consequences and lessons different actors, at EU and national level, can draw from the politicisation.    

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The discussion is implemented within the project EUact2-“Towards Democratic and Inclusive Europe: EP Elections and Active Citizens Participation and Contribution”  funded by the European Union.


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Reference of the project: 101081432

Type of activity: awareness raising activity