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Virtual Issue: International Political Sociologies of Migration


Migration, refuge, asylum seeking have been high on the political agendas in Europe and North America for decades now. In the last year or so, however, cross-border human mobility has taken on an intensified visibility and at times visceral politicization, among others in the EU and the US presidential elections. It is therefore a good time to take stock on what IPS has contributed to our understanding of migration, its governance and its politicization, including that refugees, asylum seekers and migrants are not just a major governmental issue in Europe and North America but equally so elsewhere in the world. A range of governmental practices, including incarceration, humanitarianism, border closure, regulating marriage, resilience and racialized policies seek to shape, steer, contain, and manage human cross-border mobilities with multiple effects for individuals, families, communities and the enactment of transnational interdependencies.

This virtual issue is an invitation to further reflect and stimulate debate on international political sociologies of human mobilities across the world.


Private Detention and the Immigration Industrial Complex
Roxanne Lynne Doty, Elizabeth Shannon Wheatley

The Humanitarian Politics of European Border Policing: Frontex and Border Police in Evros
Polly Pallister-Wilkins

In the Name of Love: Marriage Migration, Governmentality, and Technologies of Love
Anne-Marie D’Aoust

Visualizing Climate-Refugees: Race, Vulnerability, and Resilience in Global Liberal Politics
Chris Methmann

Revisiting Bordering Practices: Irregular Migration, Borders, and Citizenship in Malaysia
Blanca Garcés-Mascareñas

“Resiliency Humanitarianism”: Responsibilizing Refugees through Humanitarian Emergency Governance in the Camp
Suzan Ilcan, Kim Rygiel

Securitization of Migration in Greece: Process, Motives, and Implications
Georgios Karyotis

A Heterotopian Analysis of Maritime Refugee Incidents
Michele Budz
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