From the local to the international level: perceptions of border security practices
When migrants and refugees arrived in Europe in 2015, the Hungarian government built a barbwire fence along the Hungarian-Serb border to prevent them from entering EU territory. This fence has been featured extensively in the media. However, not all stakeholders (border police, local policing organisations, border communities, local and national politicians, and local, national and international media) shared the same perceptions of the situation. The EU-funded SECURE BORDERS project aims to reflect on borders and their securitising practices. First, it will analyse how communities manage security issues locally. Second, it will explore how policymakers manage local security concerns. Third, it will consider the mistrust that can arise between communities at the local, national, regional and international levels.