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Refugees strike in Budapest. Mstyslav Chernov/Wikimedia Commons. Creative Commons 4.0

This is a series reporting insights gained in the research project, ‘Documenting the humanitarian migration crisis in the Mediterranean’, based at Queen Mary University of London. Rather than framing a migration crisis in terms of threat and security, our starting point is to focus on the notion of ‘transit point’ as an alternative perspective.


Border walls don’t stop immigration, they make migrants into criminals

As European governments solidify the Aegean edge of Fortress Europe, it’s the portrayal of migrants as criminals that makes their deportation, exploitation and abuse morally digestible to their electorates. 

Scholars support UN Refugee Global Compact: open letter

The EU is creating an ever-growing population of illegally detained refugees, including vulnerable men, women and children, who are forced to live in appalling conditions and without recourse to justice. 

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.

The EU hotspot approach at Lampedusa

The hotspot works as a preemptive frontier, with the double goal of blocking migrants at Europe’s southern borders, and simultaneously impeding the highest number possible of refugees from claiming asylum.

Hotspot system as a new device of clandestinisation: view from Sicily

The ‘hotspot’ system for migrants remains an experiment, but it entails the implementation at the national level of human-rights-violating policies elaborated at the EU level. 

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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