Security, industry and migration in European border control

Authored by: Martin Lemberg-Pedersen

The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of Migration in Europe

Print publication date:  July  2018
Online publication date:  July  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138201187
eBook ISBN: 9781315512853
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This chapter examines the development and scholarly literature concerning the politics of migration in Europe by paying special attention to the dynamics, practices and actors characterizing European borders and movement across them. Providing a brief overview of scholarly work on issues like the securitization, militarization, externalization and commercialization of migration, it identifies some exceptional dynamics underpinning both the study of European borders and their specific and heterogeneous characteristics of their politics. This highlights the need for displacing traditional European assumptions, since these reveal that Europe’s self-understanding is still unresolved with respect to certain racist, colonial, gendered and imperial continuities.

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