The extension of border controls beyond a country’s territory to regulate the flows of migrants before they arrive has become a popular and highly controversial policy practice. Today, remote control policies are more visible, complex and widespread than ever before, raising various ethical, political and legal issues for the governments promoting them.
The book examines the externalization of migration control from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, focusing on ‘remote control’ initiatives in Europe and North America, with contributions from the fields of politics, sociology, law, geography, anthropology, and history. This book uses empirically rich analyses and compelling theoretical insights to trace the evolution of ‘remote control’ initiatives and assesses their impact and policy implications. It also explores competing theoretical models that might explain their emergence and diffusion. Individual chapters tackle some of the most puzzling questions underlying remote control policies, such as the reasons why governments adopt these policies and what might be their impact on migrants and other actors involved.
Part I: Introduction Preface 1. Mapping Remote Control: the Externalization of Migration Management in the 21st Century Ruben Zaiotti 2. Rising Tide: analyzing the Relationship between Remote Control Policies on Migrants and Boat Losses Alison Mountz and Keegan Williams Part II: Externalizing Migration Management in Europe 3. Frontex and the Shifting Approaches to Boat Migration in the European Union: a Legal Analysis Maarten den Heijer 4. Ethnography up the Stream: The UK ‘Let them Drown’ Policy and the Politics of Bordering Europe Karolina Follis 5. The Politics of Negotiating EU Readmission Agreements: Insights from Morocco and Turkey Sarah Wolff 6. Europe’s Global Approach to Migration Management: Doing Border in Mali and Mauritania Stephan Dünnwald 7. At a distance: the European Union and the Management of Irregular Migration in Eastern Europe Lyubov Zhyznomirska 8. Eurasia and the Externalities of Border Control: Spillover Dynamics of EU-Russia Cooperation on Migration Oleg Korneev and Andrey Leonov Part III: Externalizing Migration Management in North America 9. The US Visa Waiver Program and the Management of Mobility across the Atlantic Rey Koslowski 10. Judging Borders: Expanding the Canada-US Border Through Legal Decision Making Joshua Labove 11. Visas as Technologies in the Externalization of Asylum Management: the case of Canada’s Entry Requirements for Mexican Nationals Liette Gilbert 12. The South/North Axis of Border Management in Mexico Roberto Dominguez and Martin Iniguez 13. Secluding North America’s Migration Outcasts: Notes on the International Organization for Migration’s Compassionate Mercenary Business Bruno Dupeyron Part IV: Conclusions 14. Policy Outsourcing and Remote Management: the present and future of Border and Migration Politics Martin Geiger