Foregrounding Mediterranean Migration Governance from below: Mediterranean Cities as Regional Cities

Mer, 17/11/2021 - 13:00 / 14:45

205AB, Viale Romania

Speaker: Ricard Zapata Barrero , Universitat Pompeu Fabra Barcelona

The main purpose of this article is to set the premises of a trend that I will call “regional cities”. Henceforth, creating an umbilical cord between urban-thinking and regional-thinking whilst strengthening the view that cities may contribute to the formation of regional domains.  My rationale is as follows: the increasing pressure of Mediterranean migratory flows is forcing most cities to increase multiscalar alliances with international civil society organizations and translocal ties with other cities, sharing activism, concerns, practices, and knowledge This creates an urban system in the Mediterranean, which is the new driving force of a new region-making process from below. This current trend is driving a paradigm change in Mediterranean Migration Governance, readjusting the dissonance between the historical and current topographical construct of the Mediterranean as a geographic area of interconnected regional cities and the current top down State-based EuroMediterranean process of region-making.