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Police raids, detention, and deportation of migrants

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  1. Claudia Tazreiter

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm417

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Tazreiter, C. 2013. Police raids, detention, and deportation of migrants. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

This essay focuses on the securitization of migrants as a range of strategies that have accelerated in the last two decades as states assert control in their “border zones.” While the various processes of globalization (Bauman 1998) have had the effect of challenging the power and sovereignty of the state, it can be argued that migration control is one area of policy and administration where the state has reasserted authority – at times with great force (Sassen 1999, 2006; Huysmans 2006). This essay will contextualize these developments and explore them in the context of two dominant events that have shaped migration control, first the end of the Cold War, and second the September 11, 2001 terrorist bombings in New York and Washington and the “war on terror” that followed. The essay outlines the categories of migrant that have been subject to such securitization as well as an analytic framework to consider the responses to migrants.

Keywords:

  • immigration;
  • civil rights;
  • race;
  • violence;
  • criminal justice