Leveraging the European refugee crisis: forced displacement and bargaining in Greece’s bailout negotiations

Tsourapas, G. and Zartaloudis, S. (2022) Leveraging the European refugee crisis: forced displacement and bargaining in Greece’s bailout negotiations. Journal of Common Market Studies, 60(2), pp. 245-263. (doi: 10.1111/jcms.13211)

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How does forced migration feature in EU member states' foreign policy and how does it affect their bargaining strategies? While the literature highlights EU-level policies aiming to manage forced migration flows, we examine how Greece sought to leverage its response to the 2015–16 European migrant crisis. We propose a theoretical framework that explains why the SYRIZA–ANEL government sought to leverage Greece's position as a refugee-host state via an issue​-linkage strategy tying the management of forced migration to economic aid over the Third Economic Adjustment Programme. Initially employing a ‘blackmailing’ strategy focused on threats, Greece shifted to a ‘backscratching’ strategy of co-operation after March 2016, once its geopolitical importance and numbers of asylum seekers within its territory were reduced. We provide the first detailed analysis of Greece's foreign policy response to the European migrant crisis, demonstrating the importance of forced displacement in the international politics of EU member states.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tsourapas, Professor Gerasimos
Authors: Tsourapas, G., and Zartaloudis, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Journal of Common Market Studies
ISSN (Online):1468-5965
Published Online:08 June 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Common Market Studies 60(2): 245-263
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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