Migrants as a mirror for the European Union : The migrant and the European Union in conflict between colonialization and cosmopolitanization
Migrants have always existed through the history of the world, mankind and thus also Europe and the European Union. Through these different formulations of space and time the discourses and perceptions surrounding migrants have become a broad formulation - which is conveyed through a vast amount of migratory literature concerning a grandé scale of topics. In this thesis I argue that migrants and the European Union are in conflict between two discourses, namely that of (post)colonialism and cosmopolitanism, that are exacted through the institutional level of the European Union and its member states. Through this critical notion I argue that a true cosmopolitan interdependence at the institutional level of the EU requires the supranation to be more recognizable for its colonial past, present and future. The modern day migrant who travels towards and lives inside the EU can be an example of cosmopolitanism to reflect upon for the EU, and all of us.
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