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Europe’s Border Crisis: Biopolitical Security and Beyond

Nick Vaughan-Williams


The European Union (EU) Commission champions a ‘migrant-centred’ approach to border security and ‘irregular’ migration management: it claims not only to observe human rights, but also to use surveillance to enhance the humanitarian protection of ‘endangered’ lives on land and sea. Yet, research presented by non-governmental organizations and ‘irregular’ migrants’ own testimonies reveal systemic border violence, dehumanization in spaces of detention, and exposure to death via abandonment in hostile environments. This book turns to conceptual resources found in biopolitical theory in order to mo ... More

Keywords: borders, migration, security, biopolitics, EUrope

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747024
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747024.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nick Vaughan-Williams, author
Professor of International Security, University of Warwick