1st Edition

Migration, Security, and Resistance Global and Local Perspectives

Edited By Graham Hudson, Idil Atak Copyright 2022
    272 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    272 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume explores the digitization, privatization, and spatial displacement of border security and the effects these have on political accountability and migrant rights.

    The governance of security and migration is unfolding in new political spaces. Cooperation and competition among immigration officials, border guards, transnational security corporations, IT companies, local police, and international organizations has decoupled migration governance from national political structures. The chapters in the volume examine how these dynamics affect the deployment and constraint of sovereign power in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the EU. Contributors trace this process from the disciplinary perspectives of law, political science, sociology, criminology, and geography. Part I of the book explores the reconfiguration of security and migration governance through historical processes of privatization, digitization, and the rescaling of border control technologies to local and global spaces. Part II explores how migrant rights actors have responded by rescaling resistance to global and local levels.

    This book will be of much interest to students of critical security studies, global governance, migration studies, and international relations.


    Graham Hudson and Idil Atak

    Part I: Security and surveillance

    1. Refugee system as a bordering site: security, surveillance, and the rights of asylum seekers in Canada

    Idil Atak, Claire Ellis, and Zainab Abu Alrob

    2. European Union information systems for border and migration enforcement: trajectories, programmatics, and uses

    Julien Jeandesboz

    3. Surveillance sovereignty: migration management technologies and the politics of privatization

    Petra Molnar

    4. Privatization of security, border management, and defense in the EU: does reliance on tech companies erode states’ sovereignty?

    Eleftherios Chelioudakis

    5. Urban securitization and inland border enforcement

    Graham Hudson and Sasha Kovalchuk

    Part II: Rescaling resistance: local and global perspectives

    6. Local resistance to outlawing sanctuary in Texas: changing forms of US migratory governance in the protection of undocumented migrants’ rights

    Benjamin Bruce

    7. Municipal immigration policing and resistance to internal bordering in Canada

    David Moffette

    8. Urban sanctuary and solidarity: a global challenge to sovereignty and migrant repression? Harald Bauder

    9. Border management and technology: a challenge to the right to privacy

    Elif Mendos Kuşkonmaz

    10. The Marrakesh Compact: a new international framework for state cooperation on national security and migration?

    Elspeth Guild

    11. Migration control and resistance: toward a multiscalar approach

    Anna Triandafyllidou


    Graham Hudson is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Academic in the Faculty of Law, Ryerson University, Canada.

    Idil Atak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, cross-appointed to the Faculty of Law of Ryerson University, Canada.