New Borders is the culmination of two years of research on the Mediterranean migration crisis of 2015-16. The book focuses on Lesbos, a Greek island that came under intense media and political scrutiny as more than one million people crossed its borders, changing and remaking life there. When these migrantsmore than ten times the island’s earlier populationlanded on Lesbos’s shores, local authorities were dismantled and replaced by supranational law and authority. In the ensuing months, reception turned to detention, rescue to registration, and refuge to duress. As borders across Europe have come to symbolize the European Union, this book provides answers to questions of European policy, the securitization of national boundaries, and how legislation determines who is free to belong to a place.
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About the Author
Joe Painter is professor of geography at Durham University and the author, most recently, of Spatial Politics. Evie Papada is a PhD candidate in geography at Loughborough University. Anna Papoutsi is a doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham. Antonis Vradis is lecturer and Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow at Loughborough University.
Table of ContentsPreface Introduction 1. The ""Where"" and ""When of Migration"" 2. Refuge, Rules and Rights 3. Governing Mobility 4. The Camps 5. The Sea is on Fire