Recent migration ‘crises’ raise important geopolitical questions. Who is ‘the migrant’ that contemporary politics are fixated on? How are answers to ‘who counts as a migrant’ changing? Who gets to do that counting, and under what circumstances? This forum responds to, as well as questions, the current saliency of migration by examining how categories of migration hold geopolitical significance—not only in how they are constructed and by whom, but also in how they are challenged and subverted. Furthermore, by examining how the very concepts of ‘migrant’ and ‘refugee’ are used in different contexts, and for a variety of purposes, it opens up critical questions about mobility, citizenship, and the nation state. Collectively, these contributions aim to demonstrate how problematising migration and its categorisation can be a tool of enquiry into other phenomena and processes.
Allen, W., Anderson, B., Van Hear, N., Sumption, M., Düvell, F., Rose, L., Hough, J., Humphris, R., and Walker, S. (2017) ‘Who Counts in Crises? The New Geopolitics of International Migration and Refugee Governance’, Geopolitics; doi:10.1080/14650045.2017.1327740 (open access)
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