Migration management and border securitization: intergovernmental organizations and the governance of cross-border migrants

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Political Geography Specialty Group, Legal Geography Specialty Group, Population Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Studio 10, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Josh Watkins, Kira Williams
Chairs: Josh Watkins


Geographers have produced an extensive, and growing, literature exploring the rise and administration of border securitization and externalization. This literature shows how individual nation-states, supranational organizations, and multilateral organizations have sought to deter undesired migrants and asylum seekers. Relatedly, an interdisciplinary literature has emerged, organized around the phrase “migration management”, to analyze how intergovernmental organizations like the International Organization for Migration (IOM) or the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have sought to govern international migration through both discourse and material practice. Too often studies fail to consider the intersectionality of these literatures. This session therefore aims to better understand the intersection between global migration management and border securitization, particularly the role and agency of intergovernmental organizations (IGO). An IGO is an organization composed primarily of sovereign states or other IGOs and usually have an establishing document, such as a treaty. Examples could include UN organizations, the European Union, or Association of Southeast Asian Nations, for example.

The session seeks to explore and explain the logics, projects, means, and outcomes of intergovernmental organizations’ governance of migration and borders.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Josh Watkins*, Texas A&M University , Kira Williams, Wilfrid Laurier University, Follow the Money: tracing the operations of the International Organization for Migration, 1998 to 2015 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Micheline van Riemsdijk*, Uppsala University, Global migration governance? Negotiating the global compacts on migration 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Lorena Gazzotti*, , The left hand of the border: crafting a “humanitarian space” in Moroccan border regions 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Austin Crane*, University of Washington, Assisted Voluntary Return: negotiating humanitarianism and securitization in migration management 20 6:20 PM
Discussant Kira Williams Wilfrid Laurier University 20 6:40 PM

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