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New publication on the political economy of EU border control

New publication on the political economy of EU border control

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen and his research assistants Johanne Rübner Hansen and Oliver Joel Halpern has published a new report entitled "The political economy of entry governance" as part of the Horizon 2020 research consortium Advancing Alternative Migration Governance (ADMIGOV)

Last modified: 19.02.2020

On the report

The report details how private and commercial actors also yield a crucial influence on the development, adoption and implementation of EU measures related to immigration. It is based on the assumption that in order to provide the general public and policy-makers with tools to pursue a sustainable and forward-looking policy on migration, the supply-chain of border technologies, functions and infrastructures must be acknowledged. The same is the case for the way in which it features in the processes of multileveled EU border governance,and how commercial actors are positioned and positioning themselves on a profitable market for EU border control that is worth billions of euro.This perspective on border control challenges standard assumptions which privilege the territorial unit of the nation-state, or the stated self-image of the EU as a supranational area of freedom, security and justice. In order to fulfill this goal, this deliverable provides a mapping of the political economy of EU entry governance, realized through a database developed for the purpose, and analysis of the data generated by it. This enables the identification and discussion of some of the key actors, processes and networks of this political economy at the level of the EU through key illustrations provided by two central policy drives which have evolved in European border control during the last decades, namely: Interoperability and space surveillance for border control purposes. While a focus on these two themes is not exhaustive, it is argued to be able to demonstrate dynamics, silences and criticism, which needs to be addressed in EU entry governance.

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