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Borders, Migration and Class in an Age of CrisisProducing Immigrants and Workers$
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Tom Vickers

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781529201819

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529201819.001.0001

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Deconstructing Migrant Crises in Europe

Deconstructing Migrant Crises in Europe

(p.55) 3 Deconstructing Migrant Crises in Europe
Borders, Migration and Class in an Age of Crisis

Tom Vickers

Policy Press

This chapter traces the emergence of a ‘hostile environment’ and the rise of anti-immigrant populism, through the shifting immigration policies and categories employed by recent British governments. This is understood as an internalisation of border controls within Britain. The chapter then moves to a wider spatial scale, to consider the externalisation of Britain’s borders through the so-called ‘migrant crisis’ in Europe. The last part of the chapter considers the potential for social movements and campaigns to both reinforce and contest these bordering practices. The chapter concludes by considering the potential for such rearticulations to provide a basis to deconstruct hegemonic categories and form new subjectivities as a basis for resistance, and also the challenges of realising this potential.

Keywords:   immigration policy, Britain, Europe, EU, hostile environment, migrant crisis, activism

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