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Global Migration Seminar: Politics of Abandonment? The everyday management of rejected asylum-seekers in Denmark and Sweden

Research profile seminar

In the past years, Danish and Swedish governments have increased their efforts to remove rejected asylum-seekers from the territory, by expanding immigration detention and establishing departure centers (Denmark) or withdrawing welfare support (Sweden) for rejected individuals. Building on preliminary findings from ethnographic field work in immigration detention and removal centers in Denmark and Sweden, the seminar explores how state efforts to control and remove rejected asylum-seekers are translated into practice.

These measures all aim at 'motivating' voluntary return; however, their immediate effect seems to have been that an increasing number of individuals absconds and remain in a condition of 'detainability'. It will be argued that these practices, rather than enhancing control, curiously reflect a politics of abandonment and state desertion, with severe implications for targeted individuals. Moreover, they provoke questions of whether unpredictable and partial enforcement is not necessarily the result of state 'failure', but an inherent feature of migration control.

Annika Lindberg is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Sociology, University of Bern. Her doctoral research focuses on the management of rejected asylum-seekers and migrants with precarious legal Status in Denmark and Sweden. Using ethnographic methods, she explores the everyday dynamics of control in immigration detention and departure centers, as well as the ambivalent role of humanitarian and grass-root organisations in contesting these practices.

All Global Migration Seminars start with a common breakfast at 8:30 in the kitchen at School of Global Studies (Fourth floor, house 2E, Campus Linné). Welcome!

Lecturer: Annika Lindberg, PhD Candidate at the Institute of Sociology, University of Bern.

Date: 12/13/2017

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Categories: International, Interdisciplinary, Socialt arbete, Social Sciences , Etnologi, Diversity

Organizer: Centre on Global Migration

Location: School of Global Studies, Campus Linné C417, Konstepidemins väg 2

Contact person: Andrea Spehar

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