Lecture 'Borders as markets: How fighting migration became big business'

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Students, Employees, Alumni
28-02-2020 from 09:30 to 10:30
Academieraadzaal, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Gent
Department of Conflict and Development Studies in collaboration with CESSMIR
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Ruben Andersson (Oxford University) will discuss how the securitised 'fight against migration' became a multi-billion dollar industry.

In this lecture, Andersson will argue that this industry in large part has fed off its own apparent failures, while also managing to export the risks it generates to less powerful people and communities - including, of course, to migrants and refugees themselves. The lecture will look at the perverse political and economic incentives that now exist for reinforcing border security, with particular focus on the role of 'partner states', drawing on Andersson's ethnographic research in West and North Africa as well as on the critical analysis of the 'border business' provided by migrants themselves. Second, it will consider the economies of risk enabled by the 'externalisation' of migration controls which in essence has allowed more powerful states to 'dump the problem' in someone else's backyard. Third, it will dig deeper to consider the disturbing ways in which migratory life itself is becoming a political and economic resource for border security actors.