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About Leonie Ansems de Vries

Leonie Ansems de Vries is a Lecturer in International Relations at King’s College London, and author of the book Re-Imagining a Politics of Life: From Governance of Order to Politics of Movement (2014). She is the co-Investigator of the research project ‘Documenting the humanitarian migration crisis in the Mediterranean’.

Articles by Leonie Ansems de Vries

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Calais demolition: ‘mission accomplished’, the politics of exhaustion and continued struggles for mobility

The destruction of the Calais camp last month did nothing other than displace the already-displaced, pushing them one step closer to exhaustion.

Spaces of transit, migration management and migrant agency

Rethinking the 'crisis' narrative among the stories of transit, refuge and hope.

Refugees, displacement, and the European ‘politics of exhaustion’

Refugees and humanitarian workers alike are drained by years of uncertainty, movement, destitution, and the threat of criminal sanction or deportation, created by EU and state policies.

The transience and persistence of the ‘jungle’ in Calais

It is at once an informal encampment of makeshift shelters; a town under construction, with shops, restaurants and schools; and, a space subject to institutional violence, at risk of imminent destruction.

Mediterranean migration crisis: transit points, enduring struggles

The fracturing demands a rethink of the terms usually employed for describing migration movements, such as ‘route’ and ‘border crossing.’ Introduction to a rethink.

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