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Co-optation, resistance, and subversion: migrant support organisations under welfare pluralism

Over the last few decades, successive governments have increasingly outsourced welfare state service provision to the third sector. This shift took on new significance under the ‘Big Society’, as the third sector is now expected to provide services without financial support from the state.   This ‘welfare pluralism’ has generated a great deal of controversy. On … Continue reading Co-optation, resistance, and subversion: migrant support organisations under welfare pluralism

The threat of migration policies to liberal democracies

Liberal democracies are being threatened, not by migrants but by the migration policies and practices that manage them. Calais’s Prefect “categorically refuted” claims made by Human Rights Watch in a recent report denouncing the systematic use of pepper spray against migrants, including sleeping children. In the same vein, Gérard Collomb, the French Ministry of Interior, … Continue reading The threat of migration policies to liberal democracies

Anxiety and insecurity: requiring asylum seekers to report to the Home Office

This post by Andrew Burridge has developed through having previously volunteered with a signing support group in Bristol, and forms part of their wider research in to the use of reporting in the UK asylum process. A more detailed version will appear in the forthcoming book For a Borderless World (edited by Reece Jones and … Continue reading Anxiety and insecurity: requiring asylum seekers to report to the Home Office

The Borders of Nord-Pas-de-Calais: Camps, Actors and Insecurity

In this blog post I explore the securitization of the immigration process developed between France and the UK as units of the EU regional security complex. My main intention was to not only identify how both countries securitized immigration together, but also to identify the social consequences its produces for the city of Calais. The … Continue reading The Borders of Nord-Pas-de-Calais: Camps, Actors and Insecurity

Dr Debbie Lisle of QUB announced as keynote speaker at ‘Governing (In)securities’

We're delighted to announce that Dr Debbie Lisle, Reader at Queen's University Belfast and author of Holidays in the Danger Zone: Entanglements of War and Tourism (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), will be the keynote speaker at 'Governing (In)securities', University of York, 4 July. Crisis in Slow Motion: the Stubborn Habits of Migration This paper contests … Continue reading Dr Debbie Lisle of QUB announced as keynote speaker at ‘Governing (In)securities’

Dr Nando Sigona announced as keynote speaker at ‘Experiencing (In)securities’

We are delighted to announce that Dr Nando Sigona will be delivering the keynote lecture at the 'Experiencing (In)securities' workshop at the University of Leeds on 3 March 2017. Navigating the Central Mediterranean: experiences, discourses and responses Two broadly accepted assumptions seem to inform European public/policy discourse and understanding of boat migration across the Central … Continue reading Dr Nando Sigona announced as keynote speaker at ‘Experiencing (In)securities’