The Migration Mobile offers an account of the very different technologies implicated in border crossing and migration management. Borders have been sites of contestations and struggles over who belongs and who does not, who is and is not allowed to move freely in transnational or national spaces. Embedded as they are in the bordering process, policing and security practices produce the irregularity and illegitimacy of the migrating subject. At the same time, border practices simultaneously imply processes of dissidence and resistance. Border infrastructures and resistance to bordering practices refer to dynamic and complex interactions between migrants and non-human others, technologies at the borderland and elsewhere. Border guards, EU officials, Frontex officers, activists, NGOs and solidarity networks configure both hybrid alliances of humans/nonhumans and new virtual and urban spaces in order to enforce or resist bordering. Through analyses of empirical cases drawing from the European border regimes the book investigates how technologies employed by states and EU border agencies configure the border regimes; how spaces of migration are configured through uses and re-uses of high-tech technologies; and finally on how the border regimes and ‘the border industrial complex’ are contested reconfigured by the use of ICT by migrants and solidarity networks.
Vasilis Galis is an associate professor in the Technologies in Practice Group at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Martin Bak Jørgensen is a professor affiliated with the Democracy, Migration and Society (DEMOS) research group at Aalborg University, Denmark.
Marie Sandberg is an associate professor of ethnology, and director of the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS) at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
1. The Migration Mobile: Border Dissidence, Sociotechnical Resistance and the Construction of Irregularized Migrants by Martin Bak Jørgensen and Vasilis Galis
Part 1: Configuration of the Border Regime(s)
2. The Embodied Identity of Migration and Border Biometrics by Brigitta Kuster and Vassilis S. Tsianos
3. Vulnerability and Flexible Population Filtering: Lessons Learnt, from the EC Hotspot to the Pandemic by Evie Papada and Antonis Vradis
4. Reconfiguring Removal: Commercial Purpose Creeps in Biometric EU Databases by Martin Lemberg-Pedersen and Oliver Joel Halpern
5. Liminality, Asylum, and Arbitrariness in the Greek State’s Implementation of the 2016 EU-Turkey Statement by Vasilis Vlassis
Part 2: Configuration of Migration Space
6. Asylum Seekers Experiencing Forced Immobility as Offline and Online Actors by Claudia Lintner
7. Navigating the Resources of the Migrant Digital Space by Luca Rossi
8. ‘Fast trusting’ – Practices of Trust During Irregularized Journeys to and Through Europe by Nina Grønlykke Mollerup and Marie Sandberg
Part 3: Reconfiguring the Border Regime(s) and Emancipation of Space
9. Counter-Narrating the Mediterranean Border Regime and Reclaiming Rights: Refugee Voices in Libya and Across the Sea by Sara Creta and Chiara Denaro
10. Autonomy of Migration in the Age of Deportation – Migrants’ Practices Against Deportation by Leandros Fischer and Martin Bak Jørgensen
11. Migration and Counter-Information Practices: Enhancing Mobility While Subverting the Mainstream Media by Vasiliki Makrygianni and Vasilis Galis
Part 4: Epilogue
12. Afterword: Counter-Mapping the Technology-Hype in Migration Studies by Martina Tazzioli
About the Authors
This important book brings together exciting and original new work on the relationship between migration, borders, and technology. Through a series of fascinating studies, the contributors chart the role of technology in constituting migration and migrants – through both practices of control and enabling forms of resistance and subversion.
The Migration Mobile provides a unique overview of how deeply the key concepts on which societies are built such as population, identity, trust, infrastructures, dissidence, and resistance are intertwined with migration and mobility. A must read for anyone interested in social transformation, mobility, and the sociotechnical infrastructure of living together - and the resulting tensions.
The Migration Mobile challenges policy frameworks to examine the network of diverse actors co-constituting the changing meanings of migration, detention, deportation, and destitution. A must-read for students, academics, and all those who work with or are interested in contemporary migration.
•While each of the authors already leads in their respective field, coming together will now give this publication the opportunity to reach a deeper and simultaneous understanding of concepts such as the border, solidarity with migrants, border technologies, migration, resistance.
•The book investigates the complex entanglements of migration and technology by drawing on an interdisciplinary framework combining Critical Border and Migration Studies, Social Media Studies, European Ethnology, and Science and Technology Studies (STS).
•Inspired by Actor-Network Theory, the book adopts an analytical symmetry between humans and nonhumans at the borderland. We aim to redefine the notion of migration by making it able to trace connections between various technologies and actors.
•Methodological pluralism including policy analysis, qualitative approaches entailing non-participant observation, ethnographic interviews, and device tours as well as data-scraping techniques analyzing social media data.
•Empirical focus on border technologies from both the (supra)state and grassroot perspective.
Publication in open access of the English version of the edited volume The Migration Mobile: Border Dissidence, Sociotechnical Resistance, and the Construction of Irregularized Migrants, Vasilis Galis, Martin Bak Jørgensen & Marie Sandberg (eds.) is financed from the funds of the Velux Foundations under the project no. 16995, in order to disseminate research results.
Check out the OA PDF of Migration Mobile here.