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Beat Stauffer: Maghreb, Migration und Mittelmeer


Beat Stauffer, Maghreb, Migration und Mittelmeer. Die Flüchtlingsbewegung als Schicksalsfrage für Europa und Nordafrika, NZZ Libro 2019 Der Journalist Beat Stauffer ist ein hervorragender Kenner des Maghreb, insbesondere Tunesiens und Marokkos. Sein Buch bietet, insbesondere zu den Harraga, den maghrebinischen Boat People, sehr informative Einblicke.[…]

26. Juli 2021


Large Scale Land Acquisitions


The study reviewed scientific literature on the microeconomic and social effects of large-scale land acquisitions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eine Zusammenfassung auf DE gibt es in der Bauernstimme. Excerpt from the Key findings: Microeconomic indicators Operation of land deals: roughly half of the deals concluded are[…]

22. Juli 2021


Decrypting ICMPD


Despite its substantial growth since its establishment in 1993, the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) is still a relatively small organization in terms of staff and budget compared to other key actors of the EU border regime. Over the years however, ICMPD turned[…]

12. Juni 2021


EU-LISA zwischen Lobbyismus und venture sciences


Der Beitrag exponiert methodologische Überlegungen und Probleme, die den (sicherheits-)industriell-politischen Komplex von Forschung und Entwicklung (FuE) in den Migration and Border Studies betreffen. Am Schnittpunkt von Migration and Border Studies und Science and Technology Studies skizziert der Beitrag eine Analytik der europäischen digitalen Grenzzone in[…]


Smuggling dynamics for Afghans


Over the past decade, Afghans lodged the second highest number of asylum applications worldwide, including the second highest number of asylum applications in 2019 and 2020 in Europe. Migration journeys of Afghans toward Europe are often made irregularly, wholly, or partially assisted by migrant smugglers.[…]

31. Mai 2021


FRONTEX Central Mediterranean


Europe stands accused of creating a proxy force in the waters off Libya to do what its own member states and agencies cannot do themselves without openly violating international laws: intercept unwanted migrants and return them to Libya. The EU and its border agency Frontex[…]

19. Mai 2021


Border-Profiteers


The external borders of Europe are not in Berlin, but the border regime is allaround us. This regime consists of more than just the state. In capitalism, manyforms of border oppression are subcontracted to corporations. Borders are very profitable. Therefore this market is dominated by[…]


Abolish Frontex


Frontex is the European Union’s border agency and is a key actor in enforcing the EU’s border regime. It is responsible for systemic human rights violations through its operations; involvement in deportations; cooperation with third countries, and role in strengthening EU borders. The EU’s border[…]

17. Mai 2021


Pushing Back Responsibility


Between January and April 2021 civil society organizationsin 6 different countries collected testimonies of 2162 cases of pushbacks, including chain pushbacks over multiple countries. The rights violations were recorded at different borders in Italy, Greece, Serbia, Bosnia-and-Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Hungary. Over a third of pushbacks[…]


Perspektiven der ethnographischen Grenzregimeforschung


In den vergangenen Jahren wurden wir Zeug*innen einer verstärkten Wiederkehr nationaler und regionaler Grenzapparaturen auf dem europäischen Kontinent: Zäune, Gräben, Wachtürme, Lager und weitere technologische Apparate sowie gezielte Rechtsverletzungen prägen die derzeitigen Stabilisierungsversuche des europäischen Grenzregimes nach dem ›langen Sommer der Migration‹ 2015. Im Zuge[…]

7. Mai 2021


Gender in Migration Studies


The figure of the female migrant has been a major focus of feminist thought in the German-speaking migration studies since the early 1980s. The article provides some reflections on the past to show how a number of milestones in feminist thought have influenced migration studies. It[…]


Challenges of Current Societal Transformations


Based on current societal challenges, different theoretical approaches will be discussed outlining the shift from migration to mobility research. Globalization has broken a long lasting equilibrium, which has led to the emergence of new actors and restructured questions of human mobility. In particular, the qualification[…]


Migration und soziale Ungleichheit


Die soziale Frage ist zurück. Jedoch geht es bei der sozialen Frage der Gegenwart nicht mehr nur um den Konflikt zwischen Arbeit und Kapital, so wie noch im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert. Die heutige soziale Frage kommt räumlich im Gegensatz von globalem Süden und dem[…]


Kenya: Refugees and COVID


This working paper is based on a qualitative questionnaire crafted to better understand how exactly the COVID-19 pandemic has affected refugees and refugee protection in six African countries: namely Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. We sought to gain insight into the perspectives[…]


Return Mania


When it comes to irregular migration and management of border control, Egypt may seem to be the good student of the Mediterranean. In 2018, Egypt’s internal development minister recalled that “no illegal immigration boat has departed from Egypt since 2016 […] because Egypt has adopted[…]


EU Plan „Voluntary“ Deportation


The European Union unveiled a plan Tuesday to encourage migrants refused entry into Europe to agree to be deported voluntarily, to persuade reluctant home countries to take them back, and to help people better reintegrate once they get there. The new strategy foresees counselling for[…]

4. Mai 2021


Main Actors Irregular Migration: Sudan


Table with Info on government institutions involved in irregular migration on national and sub-national level, as well as Civil Society actors, and Private sector actors. This document is being referred to from the Wiki-Entry about the Khartoum Process. See: Actors in Irregular migration W.S-2

3. Mai 2021


Balkanbrücke Online


Menschen auf der Flucht werden an den Außengrenzen der EU systematisch entrechtet und kriminalisiert. Gewalt, Schüsse und illegale Push-Backs sind inzwischen traurige Normalität entlang der Balkanroute. Menschen leben unter elenden Bedingungen in Lagern, auf der Straße oder in improvisierten selbstorganisierten Camps und werden Opfer von[…]

29. April 2021


Financing Border Wars


This report seeks to explore and highlight the extent of today’s global border security industry, by focusing on the most important geographical markets—Australia, Europe, USA—listing the human rights violations and risks involved in each sector of the industry, profiling important corporate players and putting a[…]

25. April 2021


Return Mania


The research provides an overview of the current return policies and practices in the Euro-Mediterranean region and sheds a light on the violations of human rights entailed by this “return obsession”, which is shared across Member States, EU institutions and third countries alike. The report[…]


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