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P153
Securitization of mobility within the UK-EU-Schengen area [ANTHROMOB]
Convenors:
Cecilia Vergnano (University of Amsterdam)
Ioana Vrabiescu (University of Warwick)
Format:
Network affiliated Panels
Time zone:
UTC+1
Sessions:
Tuesday 21 July, 11:00-12:45, 14:00-15:45

Short abstract:

This panel explores the growing securitization of mobility within the UK-EU-Schengen area in relation to migration-crisis discourses. It welcomes contributions on borderization processes, forms of transnational cooperation and supra- and sub-state mechanisms reshaping (im)mobilities across the EU.

Long abstract:

"Migration crisis" discourses have driven the implementation of a selective intra-EU mobility regime of non-EU asylum seekers as well as European undesirable mobile citizens (such as Roma). Racialized categories of mobile (non)citizens are governed through bureaucratic and spatial exclusions, practices of policing mobility and borders, and state deportations. Against these restrictive and oppressive measures, many people , propelled by economic and social factors, keep on pursuing cross border mobility. Such cross-border mobility can be studied from different perspectives; from focusing on the strategies of migrants to examining security actors (security professionals, policepersons, immigration bureaucrats, soldiers and border guards), border-crossing facilitators (so-called smugglers, activists for free mobility, supportive local communities) and civil society (NGO workers, social movements). The proposed panel welcomes contributions from scholars of migration and mobility, IR and security studies who interrogate an emerging regime of differential bordering within the UK-EU-Schengen area. How are state practices directed to the governance of undesired mobilities enacted within the EU-Schengen framework? What kind of mobility strategies of impoverished and racialized subjects can oppose or elude state bordering practices? What forms of resistance do non-state actors deploy in countering a state system of strict border control?