Violence, migrants, and the EU's "Securitization of migration"

Authors: Kara Dempsey*, Appalachian State University
Topics: Political Geography, Migration, Europe
Keywords: Refugee, violence, migration, EU, Migration Crisis
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Studio 10, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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This paper is based on interviews and ethnographic field research conducted with refugees and asylum seekers in camps throughout four European countries. This paper examines the heterodox narrative of violence and migration shared by some asylum seekers, many of whom believe that the precarity and experiences on their journey, in the camps, and awaiting an asylum ruling is perhaps worse than their original impetus for migrating. Through a typology of the forms of violence experienced, this paper explores how EU member states’ policy of "securitization of migration" contributes to embodied forms of geopolitical violence that not only exists during a migrants’ journey or “transit”, but also extends beyond the borders of a nation-state to permeate daily life in asylum camps as well.

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