By Victoria Squire
This critique of the securitization and criminalization of asylum looking demanding situations the declare that asylum seekers 'threaten' receiving states. It analyzes fresh coverage advancements when it comes to their wider ancient, political and ecu contexts and argues that the united kingdom reaction effectively renders asylum seekers as scapegoats.
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As an alternative, the chapter argues for a distinctly political engagement of asylum qua irregular migration and for a mobile re-enactment of ‘post-territorial’ citizenship in terms of acts of solidarity. Pointing to the European Union as a fertile ground for such developments, the chapter concludes that such political engagements potentially open the space for a dialogue that does not become caught in an exclusionary cycle. 2 Challenging Managerial Operations: Developing a Discursive Theory of Securitisation An analysis of the contemporary politics of asylum brings to the fore both exclusionary practices of governance and exclusionary articulations of belonging.
The first part of the analysis introduces the Copenhagen School’s theory of securitisation as a speech act, and suggests that this serves as critical starting point for the analysis of the exclusionary rendering of asylum as a ‘problem’ or a ‘threat’. Developing a distinctly discursive approach to securitisation, the second and third sections go on to show how securitisation is Challenging Managerial Operations 29 characterised by a logic of selective opposition in which the territorial political community is precariously reconstructed against the ‘threatening supplement’ of asylum.
This part of the chapter opens the discussion of migration management by drawing attention to its exclusionary dimensions. In particular, it suggests that a managerial approach to migration is problematic because, in defining ‘unproductive’ migrants as ‘undesirable’ migrants, it entails both selectively restrictive dimensions and highly exclusionary tendencies. The analysis then goes on to show how the exclusionary renderings of a managerial approach are often reaffirmed by analysts of migration control, both liberal and critical.