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Lesbos, the Island of Barriers. Migration and Containment at the Greece-Turkey Border

Abstract : Based on two separate studies in sociology and geography, this article emphasizes the effects of “armour-plating” borders in the European Union through a focus on the confinement measures used on migrants at the Greece-Turkey border. Analysing both the construction and contention of detention centres on Lesbos Island, this paper shows that migration control is situated in a myriad of formal as well as informal sites, therefore going beyond the walls of official centres and sanctioning the immobilization or locking up of migrants. Consequently, this article places official detention centres and spaces created by civil society in a wider continuum. While the latter provide an alternative form of detention, in extending and reproducing logics of confinement, in the end, they too build barriers.
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Laurence Pillant, Louise Tassin. Lesbos, the Island of Barriers. Migration and Containment at the Greece-Turkey Border. Cultures & conflits, L'Harmattan, 2016, Effets-frontières en Méditerranée : contrôles et violences, pp.25 - 55. ⟨10.4000/conflits.19068⟩. ⟨hal-01479776⟩

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