From everyday bordering to everyday containment: the shifting border regime of the Mediterranean.

Authors: Anna Casaglia*, University of Trento
Topics: Political Geography
Keywords: Bordering, containment, security, Mediterranean
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM
Room: Virginia A, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Recent changes in the management of migration, in the context of the European Union, have created new forms of and sites for people’s containment and control. Besides the externalisation of the control of external frontiers in neighbouring countries, EU’s countries of arrival have established places and practices related to search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Mediterranean, to the welcoming and the filtering of arriving migrants, to their containment while awaiting the recognition of the status of refugees, or their detainment while waiting for deportation. Bordering processes have increasingly affected everyday life and everyday space (Yuval Davis 2013; Yuval-Davis et al 2018), while unexpected sites have become central in the management of control. This is evident in the case of SAR boats that, once ports have been closed by the Italian Ministry of Interior, have become both a symbol of resistance and a new frontier of detainment. Starting from a critical understanding of the humanitarian border (Walters 2011), this paper focuses on the consequences of radical shifts in the EU border regime at the everyday level, with a specific interest in the Mediterranean and the Italian context. The aim is to outline and critically analyse new forms of containment and control, often hidden by technicalities and procedures, always de-politicised and normalised, and increasingly supported by hegemonic discourses.

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