Opposing the Criminalization of Migrants and Solidarity: Ideas and Practices

Authors: Pierpaolo Mudu*, University of Washington - Tacoma, Deanna Dadusc, University of Brighton
Topics: Immigration/Transnationalism, Human Rights, Social Geography
Keywords: migration, democracy,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: 8201, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The neoliberal “dream” to have all social activities obeying to laws and market laws in order to ensure the persistency of privileges and reproduction of a docile and indifferent population can only come true at a very high price, the price of racism and fascism. In various Western countries, middle classes and their parties, not to mention entrepreneurs and media, have never ceased to flirt with the idea of building segregated societies that are governed like the old “good days” of fascism. The disciplinary control of the labor market goes along with the need to control the movement of people. In the last decade migration policies have been eventually defined and treated within criminal laws. The “migration crisis” has been used to attack a vast range of social activities that still resisted mainstream policies. Humanitarian organizations have barely survived this trend and they are now strict allies to government that hail repression as the supreme role of the state. Nevertheless, spaces of solidarity are reproducing themselves against the brutality of liberal democracies and they are facing the need to be re-conceptualized and practiced to face the new challenges of the happening shift to post-fascism that is a true reality and a tragic option in many countries. Where do we have spaces of hope? What are the implications of criminalizing solidarity? This paper offers a discussion on the transformation of solidarity actions and their reconfiguration against suffocating repressive policies centered around illegalization and criminalization of migrants.

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