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Dr Jonathan Zaragoza Cristiani



Dr Jonathan Zaragoza Cristiani joined the York Law School and the Centre for Applied Human Rights as a researcher in January 2020.

Before joining CAHR in York, Jonathan was research associate at the ERC BORDERLANDS project hosted by the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, being responsible of carrying research on EU migration policies in the Balkans, North Africa and the Middle East. He has been EU-Borders Visiting Researcher Fellow at the Centre for Global Studies (CFGS) at the University of Victoria, Research Assistant for the European 7 th FP EMILIE Project financed by the European Commission, and researcher for the FRONTERAS project (funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation). During these years, he has published several academic papers and articles related to borders, refugees, and migration management in newspapers, books and international scientific indexed journals.

In the last two years, as researcher and project coordinator, he has worked in several international NGOs in Rwanda and Uganda improving the living conditions of refugees,
implementing education projects in Kenya, and coordinating and monitoring projects to prevent the practice of Female Genital Mutilation in The Gambia and Senegal.

In 2016, he defended his PhD thesis in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute under the supervision of Professor Bauböck. His thesis, does an in-depth analysis of more than 25 years of the Spanish-Moroccan migration control cooperation, and explains the reasons of Moroccan (non)cooperation over certain periods of times, geographic areas and measures, as well as the structure of the terms of their collaboration.


Full publications list

(2020) “From a wide fortressed buffer zone to asymmetric buffer states: The Western Balkans’ migrant route”. In Astier, C. and Errasti, A., (eds.), Refugees' Europe: Towards an Inclusive Democracy. New York: Rowman & Littlefield (with E. Sanchéz).

(2017) “Containing the Refugee Crisis: How the EU Turned the Balkans and Turkey into an EU Borderland”, The International Spectator, 52 (4), 59-75.

(2017)“¿Externalización del control migratorio o Empoderamiento e instrumentalización de la inmigración? El Caso de España-Marruecos”, in A. López-Sala and D. Godenau (eds.), Estados de contención, Estados de detención. El control de la inmigración irregular en España, Anthropos, Barcelona.

(2016) “The leverage of the gatekeeper: Power and interdependence in the migration nexus between the European Union and Turkey”, (with Asli Okyay) in The International Spectator, Vol. 51, Nº4, 1-16.

(2016) "Fortress Europe? Porous Borders and EU Dependence on Neighbour Countries", E-International Relations, January 2 2016.

(2016) “Empowerment through migration control cooperation: the Spanish-Moroccan case”, Florence: European University Institute, 2016, EUI PhD theses, Department of Political and Social Sciences.

(2015) “Tragedies in the Mediterranean: Analyzing the causes and addressing the solutions from the roots to the boats”, nº124 Notes Internacionals – Cidob.

(2015) “Analysing the causes of the refugee crisis and the key role of Turkey: why now and why so many?” Working Paper, EUI RSCAS, 2015/95, BORDERLANDS”.

(2013) “Crisis migratorias en Melilla: un instrumento de negociación política” (with E. Sanchéz), March 2013 – nº71 Notes Internacionals – Cidob.

Contact details

Dr Jonathan Zaragoza
Research Associate
Center for Applied Human Rights
6 Innovation Way
YO10 5ZF

Tel: 01904 326575