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The millions spent on military-grade tech to deter refugees

-- 2021: The millions spent on military-grade tech to deter refugees
by Kaamil Ahmed and Lorenzo Tondo, Article | read more

  The Guardian has mapped out the result of the EU’s investment: a digital wall on the harsh sea, forest and mountain frontiers, and a technological playground for military and tech companies repurposing products for new markets. The EU is central to the push towards[…]

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13. January 2022

How Frontex uses a trick to circumvent international law

-- 2021: How Frontex uses a trick to circumvent international law
by Matthias Monroy, Article | read more

The EU is not allowed to return refugees to countries where they face persecution. In 2017, the Commission therefore set up a backdoor for refoulement to North Africa. Published text messages now reveal how Frontex is providing aerial reconnaissance for the Libyan coast guard.

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6. December 2021

Outsourcing Oppression

-- 2021: Outsourcing Oppression
by Mark Akkermann, Brochure PDF | read more

In September 2020, the European Commission launched its New Pact on Migration and Asylum. Although it had been in the pipeline for some time, it came only weeks after Moria, one of Europe’s largest refugee camps on the Greek island of Lesbos, burned to the[…]

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30. November 2021

Border Externalization to West Africa

-- 2021: Border Externalization to West Africa
by Eva Magdalena Stambøl, Blog Post | read more

Border security-building has become a main type of the Global North’s assistance and aid to countries in the Global South. While often framed as state-building, development, or humanitarian action, the main objective of border security aid is to stop unwanted/risky mobility and transnational illicit flows[…]

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Data Collection & Mobility Control

-- 2020: Data Collection & Mobility Control
by Migreurop, Brief / PDF | read more

  Studies on “bordering” are largely concerned with more visible technologies, such as fences, radars or drones. But recent technologies’ advantages are being generalised under the pretext of protecting exiles, providing them with a service or even reinforcing their autonomy. These supposed protections are a[…]

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24. November 2021

Guarding the fortress

-- 2019: Guarding the fortress
by Ruiz Benedicto, Ainhoa, Report | read more

The report focuses on 19 Frontex operations run by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (hereafter Frontex) to explore how the agency is militarising borders and criminalising migrants, undermining fundamental rights to freedom of movement and the right to asylum. The report focuses on[…]

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Mauern aus Sand

-- 2021: Mauern aus Sand
by Carayol, Rémi und Laurent Gagnol, Article | read more

Die Sahara wird oft als eine riesige, grenzenlose Wüste beschrieben, eine „Grauzone“, wo der illegale Handel mit Waffen, Drogen, Zigaretten und Benzin floriert und Schmuggler, Banditen, Rebellengruppen, dschihadistische Kämpfer sowie Migrantinnen und Migranten unterwegs sind. In Wahrheit ist sie vom Atlantik bis zum Roten Meer[…]

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Digitalisation of Migrant Smuggling

-- 2021: Digitalisation of Migrant Smuggling
by Europol, Frontex, PDF | read more

Joint Document by Europol and Frontex about use of handys for better passage. See content here:  

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1. November 2021


-- 2021: EU-Grenzregime
by Andres, Jacqueline, Booklet / PDF | read more

Die Broschüre „EU-Grenzregime: Profiteure der Entmenschlichung und mythologisierter Technologien“ wird in Kooperation der IMI mit der Europaabgeordneten Özlem Demirel herausgegeben. Sie kann gratis im Internet hier heruntergeladen werden. Das Kapitel 5 stellt eine Auswertung der Liste „Border Business – Die Profiteure der Hochrüstung der Grenzen[…]

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31. October 2021

Technological Testing Grounds

-- 2020: Technological Testing Grounds
by Molnar, Petra, Broshure, PDF | read more

As a response to increased migration into the European Union over the last few years, many states and international organizations involved in migration management are exploring technological experiments in various domains such as border enforcement, decision-making, and data mining. These experiments range from Big Data[…]

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21. October 2021

Migration and Technology Monitor

-- 2020: Migration and Technology Monitor
by A Project, Website | read more

A collective of journalists, filmmakers, academics, and communities working from the ground up Our mission is to monitor the use of surveillance technologies, automation, and the use of Artificial Intelligence to screen, track, and make decisions about people crossing borders, highlighting the far reaching impacts[…]

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Political Economy of Entry Governance

-- 2020: Political Economy of Entry Governance
by Lemberg-Pedersen, Martin et al., PDF | read more

The entry of migrants has been the focus of public, political and technological discussions and initiatives within the EU. Underpinning entry to the EU level are practices of enforcement and infrastructures of border control. Some are physical, like border guards, others, such as biometric databases[…]

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-- 2021: Sortiermaschinen
by Mau, Steffen, Book | read more

Steffen Mau zeigt in diesem Buch, dass sich Grenzen in Zeitalter der Globalisierung nicht öffneten, sondern zu mächtigen Sortiermaschienen umbebaut wurden. Eine Minderheit der Privilegierten darf überall hin reisen, während die große Mehrheit der Weltbevölkerung systematisch ausgegrenzt wird. Mau spricht von Mauern und Bollwerken (Kap.4),[…]

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19. October 2021

Border Security Report

-- 2021: Border Security Report
by , Website | read more

Border Security Report is the bi-monthly border management industry magazine delivering agency and industry news and developments, as well as more in-depth features and analysis to over 32,000 border agencies, agencies at the borders and industry professionals, policymakers and practitioners, worldwide. It is part of[…]

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14. October 2021

Samos Refugee Camp like Prison

-- 2021: Samos Refugee Camp like Prison
by Petra Molinar, Article | read more

I am one of the few people who was able to see inside the new camp during its official opening ceremony on Sept. 18, 2021 during an invited tour. Once inside, you can see cameras, loudspeakers and various surveillance technologies peppered throughout the camp. It[…]

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Bots at the Gate

-- 2018: Bots at the Gate
by Molnar, Petra and Lex Gill, PDF | read more

Summary: This report focuses on the impacts of automated decision-making in Canada’s immigration and refugee system from a human rights perspective. It highlights how the use of algorithmic and automated technologies to replace or augment administrative decision-making in this context threatens to create a laboratory[…]

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Offene Grenzen für Alle

-- 2021: Offene Grenzen für Alle
by Volker Heins, Book | read more

Volker Heins: „Offene Grenzen für alle. Eine notwendige Utopie“. Hoffman & Campe, Hamburg 2021, 224 S., 22 Euro Klappentext: Offene Grenzen – keine Forderung könnte der aktuellen politischen Stimmung mehr widersprechen. Dieses Buch zeigt: Eine Welt mit offenen Grenzen ist nicht nur möglich – sondern[…]

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6. September 2021

Alarmphone Analysis, 1 April – 30 June 2021

-- 2021: Alarmphone Analysis, 1 April – 30 June 2021
by Alarmphone, Website | read more

Content Introduction At least for the international media, the last three months on the routes to Spain were remarkable for the large number of crossings around 18 May. In just a few days more than 10,000 people crossed the border into the enclaves of Ceuta[…]

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5. September 2021

Arms from Israel to Europe

-- 2021: Arms from Israel to Europe
by Jonathan Hempel, Article | read more

The EU has invested billions in Israeli arms companies to further militarize its border agency Frontex. Building a global antimilitarist movement is essential. Israeli military technologies, central to a system of settler-colonialism, apartheid and occupation, are big players in the international arms industry. “Tried and[…]

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Overdosing for asylum in Europe

-- 2021: Overdosing for asylum in Europe
by Lucy Papachristou, Report | read more

Asylum seekers trying to enter the European Union via Croatia are deliberately ingesting dangerous substances, including powerful opiates, in the hope that police will take them to hospitals rather than illegally deporting them. Many are travelling with young children in tow. Croatian authorities have come[…]

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Activist roundtable 24.11.2022: Contesting border externalisation in West Africa | Table ronde des militant-e-s: Contester l’externalisation des frontières en Afrique de l’Ouest

[français ci-dessous] Contesting border externalisation in West Africa: Local challenges, strategies and visions Online discussion on 24th November 2022, 5 pm – 7 pm CET [Niamey, Lagos, Berlin], 4 – 6 pm [Dakar] EU border externalisation policies are an increasing feature of the migratory and[…]

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16. November 2022

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