Migrants’ displacements at the internal frontiers of Europe

Tazzioli, Martina. 2020. Migrants’ displacements at the internal frontiers of Europe. In: Peter Adey; Janet C. Bowstead; Katherine Brickell; Vandana Desai; Mike Dolton; Alasdair Pinkerton and Ayesha Siddiqi, eds. Handbook of Displacement. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 313-327. ISBN 9783030471774 [Book Section]

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Martina Tazzioli engages with displacement as a political technology for governing migrants at the internal frontiers of Europe. The chapter deals with measures of displacement that have been implemented by state authorities, for regaining control over unruly migrants by keeping them on the move. It starts by taking into account critical analyses on displacement that have politicised the notion, beyond mere spatial dislocation. Then, it draws attention to internal displacements at the French–Italian border and in Calais, demonstrating that displacement measures generate migrants’ hypermobility. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the consequences that stem from thinking displacement through mobility: it highlights the effects of containment produced by migrants’ forced hypermobility and questions the nexus between freedom and mobility which sustains liberal political thought.

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displacement, political technology, migrants, mobility, containment

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10 September 2019Accepted
12 December 2020Published

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