Policing Bodies in Transit: Borders, Detention and Migrant Narratives Along the Balkan Route
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In summer 2016, I travelled along the Balkan route conducting semi-structured interviews with local organizations (n=24) and refugees (n=16) in an effort to explore the consequences of stasis within mobility. Through hearing about the personal impacts of closed borders, marginalization and deportations I realized that the policies in place to aid refugees instead contributed to a larger system of confinement and detention. In this thesis I explore the expansion of the carceral state through the criminalization of asylum seekers and the consequent detention and deportation they face. I look at the role of surveillance technology and physical barriers (i.e. fences) as potential inhibitors to accessing asylum. I theorize how EU asylum policy facilitates this process and incorporate narratives from asylum seekers along the Balkan route to humanize this analysis.
DepartmentInternational Comparative Studies
CitationJohnson, Olivia (2017). Policing Bodies in Transit: Borders, Detention and Migrant Narratives Along the Balkan Route. Honors thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/15350.
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