CANCELLED Lecture: Between a rock and hard place: on implementation gaps and surpluses in the execution of deportation policies by Barak Kalir (University of Amsterdam)

13-03-2020 from 08:00 to 09:30
Academieraadzaal, Volderstraat 9, 9000 Gent
Department of Conflict and Development Studies
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Debates in Conflict & Development - Bordering Europe: The securitization of the Europe's migration and development policies.


While the laws that regulate the status of migrants and refugees in most western states seem to be fairly straightforward, their implementation appears all too often to constitute a complicated task for those who are charged with their enforcement. And while accounts of excessive use of violence in the treatment of migrants and refugees are not uncommon, there are also evident gaps between the declared policies of states and their ability to achieve their goals. Consider, for example, the fact that in many western countries less than 2% of those who have been issued with a deportation order are actually going to be deported. In this presentation I shall focus on the moral subjectivities and justifications of both state and nonstate actors who find themselves at the crossroad of managing important civil tasks while confronting major ethical dilemmas. In shedding light on this topic, I shall draw on examples from case studies from the SOLIDERE project on the ‘Social Life of Deportation Regimes’.


Barak Kalir is Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Amsterdam. He is the Co-Director of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES) and has been leading in recent years a 5-year ERC project that is entitled: ‘The Social Life of State Deportation Regimes: A Comparative Study of the Implementation Interface in Greece, France, Spain, Ecuador and Israel’. He is the author of ‘Latino Migrants in the Jewish State: Undocumented Lives in Israel’ (Indiana University Press), and some of his more recent academic publications include: ‘State desertion and "out-of-procedure" asylum seekers in the Netherlands’ (Focaal: Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology 2017), ‘Departheid: The Draconian Governance of Illegalized Migrants in Western States’ (Society and Conflict 2019), and a special issue on ‘Re‐searching access: what do attempts at studying migration control tell us about the state?’ (Social Anthropology 2019).