The Politics of Exhaustion: Immigration Control in the British-French Border Zone

Welander, M. 2020. The Politics of Exhaustion: Immigration Control in the British-French Border Zone. Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration. 8 (2), pp. 33-38.

TitleThe Politics of Exhaustion: Immigration Control in the British-French Border Zone
TypeJournal article
AuthorsWelander, M.
Abstract

Within a climate of growing anti-immigration and populist forces gaining traction across Europe, and in response to the increased number of prospective asylum seekers arriving in Europe, recent years have seen the continued hardening of borders and a disconcerting evolution of new forms of immigration control measures utilised by states. Based on extensive field research carried out amongst displaced people in Europe in 2016-2019, this article highlights the way in which individuals in northern France are finding themselves trapped in a violent border zone, unable to move forward whilst having no obvious alternative way out of their predicament. The article seeks to illustrate the violent dynamics inherent in the immigration control measures in this border zone, characterised by both direct physical violence as well as banalised and structural forms of violence, including state neglect through the denial of services and care. The author suggests that the raft of violent measures and micro practices authorities resort to in the French-British border zone could be understood as constituting one of the latest tools for European border control and obstruction of the access to asylum procedures; a Politics of Exhaustion.

Keywordsrefugees migration mobility human rights exhaustion immigration
JournalOxford Monitor of Forced Migration
Journal citation8 (2), pp. 33-38
Year2020
PublisherOxford Monitor of Forced Migration
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Open (open metadata and files)
Web address (URL)https://www.oxforcedmigration.com/current-issue/the-politics-of-exhaustion-immigration-control-in-the-british-french-border-zone
Publication dates
PublishedJan 2020

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