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Accepted Paper:

HIV positive, marginalized migrants from Poland in Berlin: European biological citizenship or European necronormativity?  
Paweł Lewicki (University of Pittsburgh)

Paper short abstract:

This paper discusses an interplay of biopolitical and necropolitical dynamics in legal grey zones stipulated by EU regime that enables freedom of movement within the EU (Schengen regime and EU citizenship) but does not assure EU wide access to health care and social welfare systems.

Paper long abstract:

In this paper I discuss the interplay of biopolitical and necropolitical dynamics in legal grey zones stipulated by EU regime. EU enables freedom of movement but does not assure EU wide access to health care and social welfare – particularly not for vulnerable population, such as HIV positive migrants from Poland and the Baltic States in Berlin. Neither the EU nor the member-states seem to be willing to address needs of such populations in systematic way, it is often local authorities that are challenged with vulnerable EU migrants. Needs of these migrants are met indirectly, not through systemic policy solutions, but through development of policies based on “problems” of vulnerable people: resilience policies that reflect the principle of public health to protect the majority of the society from health treats through prevention and through humanitarian care for vulnerable populations. In order to depict the situation of these EU migrants, I will involve in discussions on resilience policy in security and urban governance policies that tackles issues and problems of people I studied - those who are not deemed as an enemy or the Other, but someone vulnerable that are potentially a threat to the healthy part of the society. Concepts from resilience policies enable to bring into the light the logic of exclusion in bureaucratic, normal operation of the state, and producing so called death worlds. Simultaneously, they enable to grasp the issues of populations that are not covered by life-fostering biopolitics and that cannot be beneficiaries of these policies.

Panel P051
Bordering and establishment of gray zones in context of migration, health care and social welfare in Europe
  Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -