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Humanitarian borders, refuge, and gender. Ethnographic analyses of migration policies in Europe [Anthropology of Humanitarianism Network (AHN)] 
Almudena Cortés Maisonave (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)
Alessandro Forina (Autonomous University of Madrid)
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Friday 26 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

This panel analyses asylum as a humanitarian issue in Europe in the aftermath of the 2015 refugee crisis, exploring its relationship with migration policies, reception, migration control and gender-based violence. It questions humanitarian discourses/practices and their effects in migration policy.

Long Abstract:

This panel is situated in anthropology debates on humanitarian borders, refuge, and gender. Its objective is to explore how, since the “refugee crisis” of 2015, asylum has been reconfigured as a humanitarian issue in southern Europe where the difficulty of controlling the arrival of asylum seekers and refugees has driven the affirmation of humanitarian borders as a concrete dimension of European migration policy. Here, immigration policies of surveillance and rejection merge with policies of humanitarian intervention, which are introduced with new meanings of compassionate control (Heller et al, 2016). In urban areas, the humanitarian border is configured both around humanitarian “reception”, provided by NGOs, social movements and citizen groups, and around other types of controls and rejection that people must face, when they find themselves in situations of helplessness and/or lack of protection, long waiting times and risks of deportation if they are denied asylum. To understand these dimensions of the humanitarian border, in this symposium we pose the following questions: what are the discourses and practices that shape humanitarianism and the reception of the refugee population? How is aid related to immigration control? How to analyse the humanitarian border from ethnography? How is gender violence addressed? What role do humanitarian workers play?

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Session 1 Friday 26 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Friday 26 July, 2024, -