‘Fortress Europe’ and Peripheries: Surveillance of Migrants, Readmission Agreements, and FRONTEX
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
The borders of European Union are constantly transforming, yet most of the time continuing to coincide with the borders of the “Schengen agreement … which is the new Berlin wall, separating the new Roman empire from the threatening hordes of ‘Barbarians’” (Momcilovic, 2003, 445). Today the European border is “multiplying both within and without the territories of the EU” (Casas et al., 2011, 74) through the number of agreements on readmission, cooperation and securitization signed by EU member states and countries within its periphery. It is through these agreements that now Europe can exercise and claim hegemony over the maritime borders of North Africa and Middle East - turning the whole Mediterranean Sea into a Mare Nostrum, Roman Empire’s ambitious goal of defining the Mediterranean as an inner sea within its imperial contours.
Within this scope the main focus of this presentation is on the most recent readmission agreement signed by European Union and Turkey in late 2013 - although expanding over this protocol article as well explores the sprawling power of EU over the Mediterranean Sea countries and the extent this hegemonic widening of domination effects the irregular migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who often risk their lives desperately trying to reach the southern and eastern shores of European continent. The agreement functions as a springboard to explore conceptual issues of (out-sourced) sovereignty, border externalization and ex-territorial forms of power in the control of migration and creation of transnational mobility regimes by the European Union and its member states.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad, Sweden., 2015.
FRONTEX, Fortress Europe, Turkey, Territorial Sovereignty, Mediterranean Sea
Media and Communications
Research subject Media and Communication Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35986OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-35986DiVA: diva2:810881
GeoMedia 2015: “Spaces and Mobilities in Mediatized Worlds” International Conference, Karlstad, SWEDEN, May 5-8, 2015.