Migrant Detention in the European Union: A Thriving Business

Migrant Detention in the European Union: A Thriving Business; Outsourcing and privatisation of migrant detention. (MIGREUROP, 2016). What does a migrant cost per day? That question is spotlighted if migration policy is determined by cost-benefit calculations, rather than by the principle of humane treatment. Such a political approach is taken in many fields of public services, from education and transport to electricity and water. To offer every service at the lowest possible cost, the concept of privatization is always adopted Read More

Constructions of Deportability in Sweden: Refused Asylum Seekers’ Experiences in Relation to Gender, Family Life, and Reproduction

Constructions of Deportability in Sweden: Refused Asylum Seekers’ Experiences in Relation to Gender, Family Life, and Reproduction (Maja Sager, Nordic Journal of Women’s Studies, Vol. 24, 2016) Drawing on ethnographic material, this article examines how the experiences of refused asylum seekers in Sweden are shaped by migration policies, welfare policies, and gender norms. The article develops a feminist account of deportability to examine some gendered and reproductive aspects of everyday experiences of seeking asylum in Sweden. Focusing on the interview accounts Read More

Humane and Dignified? Migrants’ Experience of Living in a ‘State of Deportability’ in Sweden

Humane and Dignified? Migrants’ Experience of Living in a ‘State of Deportability’ in Sweden (Daniela Debono, et al., 2015) The return of irregular migrants to their country of origin is an integral part of the European Union’s strategy for managing international migration. As we write, in June 2015, the European Commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, in reaction to the lack of agreement between Member States on a comprehensive European Agenda on Migration and to increasing irregular migrant flows through the southern borders, Read More

Deciphering Deportation Practices Across the Global North

Deciphering Deportation Practices Across the Global North (Weber 2014) Weber, Leanne. 2014. “Deciphering Deportation Practices Across the Global North.” In The Routledge Handbook on Crime and Migration, edited by S. Pickering and J. Ham, 1sted., 155–78. Abingdon Oxon, UK: Routledge. doi:10.4324/9780203385562.ch10. The increasing use of deportation appears to be a universal phenomenon across the Global North, driven by uncertainties arising from globalization and the ubiquity of ‘the governmentality of unease’ (Bigo 2002). However, against this broad backdrop of apparent uniformity, Read More