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Borders, Human-to-Military Security Database (2020-2023)

The ongoing migration crisis in Europe and North America is the worse humanitarian crisis since the Second World War. It is forcing Europeans and Canadian to face past and future issues; and the decisions they are taking will have long standing impact on values (and integration) in the Union and in Canada. Our fundamental assumptions are that in the face of current events the European Union policy answers are leading the way worldwide, and need to be documented, researched and studied comparatively, and also brought to classrooms, and that such work requires a sustained dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers across the networks of our partners in EU cross-border regions. Our networks’ hypotheses are that responses to this crisis are shaping Europe’s internal and peripheral border/dyads policies, that from the perspectives of a human-to-military security policies continuum they impact and reshape European integration Values, and value frameworks, and they have to be studied in comparative perspective and context to illustrate emerging policy complexities.

Our network partners (Universities in Canada, France / France & Germany, Hungary, N./Ireland, Poland and two non-governmental organisations, the Association of European Border Region, (AEBR) and, Mission Opérationnelle Transfrontalière, (MOT)) are bringing together tremendous expertise to research, study and compare, and train students. Our core activities focus on building multiple data-sets, and indexes, on the internal and external borders/dyads to contrast and compare human to military security policies in the EU and Canada.


This Jean Monnet Network on Borders, Human-to-Military Security, Database studies border dyads from the perspective of the continuum of human-to-military security issues from the pan European Union context and compares these with Canada. All dyads in the EU and peripheral to the EU are included.

Network Activities:

Our concrete objectives are: 

(1) To develop a data base of EU internal and peripheral border-dyads, along a continuum of security policies – from human-to-military, so that systematic comparison of all EU border region is possible with Canada (and the rest of the world possibly).

(2) To engage graduate students and younger researchers and professors in all nine policy-research-partners of this network.

(3) To create a new open-access course that will address how the EU has changed its security policies across internal and peripheral each border-dyads and other related security issues through an Open Online Platform Course.

Team at UVic:

  • Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly (Lead)
  • Helga Kristin Hallgrimsdottir

Team at European Universities:

  • Gulya Ocskay (CESCI, Hungary)
  • Martin Guillermo Ramirez (Ass. Of EU Border Region, Berlin, Brussels, Madrid)
  • Birte Wassenberg (University of Strasbourg)
  • Katy Hayward (Queen’s Belfast University)
  • Jean Peyrony (MOT, France)

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