Who Counts in Crises? The New Geopolitics of International Migration and Refugee Governance

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  • William Allen
  • Bridget Anderson
  • Nicholas Van Hear
  • Madeleine Sumpton
  • Franck Duvell
  • Jennifer Hough
  • Lena Rose
  • Sarah Walker

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  • University of Oxford
  • Univ London Goldsmiths Coll


Recent migration ‘crises’ raise important geopolitical questions. Who is ‘the migrant’ that contemporary politics are fixated on? How are answers to ‘who counts as a migrant’ changing? Who gets to do that counting, and under what circumstances? This forum responds to, as well as questions, the current saliency of migration by examining how categories of migration hold geopolitical significance—not only in how they are constructed and by whom, but also in how they are challenged and subverted. Furthermore, by examining how the very concepts of ‘migrant’ and ‘refugee’ are used in different contexts, and for a variety of purposes, it opens up critical questions about mobility, citizenship and the nation state. Collectively, these contributions aim to demonstrate how problematising migration and its categorisation can be a tool of enquiry into other phenomena and processes.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 27
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017