The global mobility infrastructure: Reconceptualising the externalisation of migration control

Thomas Spijkerboer*

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Abstract

Since the end of the Cold War, migration law and policy of the global North has been characterised by externalisation, privatisation and securitisation. These developments have been conceptualised as denying access to migrants and as politics of non-entrée. This article proposes to broaden the analysis, and to analyse unwanted migration as merely one form of international human mobility by relying on the concept of the global mobility infrastructure. The global mobility infrastructure consists of the physical structures, services and laws that enable some people to move across the globe with high speed, low risk, and at low cost. People who have no access to it travel slowly, with high risk and at high cost. Within the global mobility infrastructure, travellers benefit from advanced forms of international law. For the excluded, international law reflects and embodies their exclusion before, during and after their travel to the global North. Exclusion is based on nationality, race, class and gender. The notion of the global mobility infrastructure allows for questioning the way in which international law reproduces these forms of stratification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)452-469
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Migration and Law
Volume20
Issue number4
Early online date29 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018

Keywords

  • Externalisation
  • Human rights
  • Migration control

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