Women and border policing at the edges of Europe

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While states around the world have responded to mass mobility by
increasing border policing, our knowledge of the daily reality of that form of policing remains limited. How migrant women are policed has been particularly neglected. The political and practical difficulty of examining the context, process and experience of border control practices appears often to be insurmountable. This article contributes to filling some of the gaps in our knowledge by drawing on ethnographic data collected over a 12-month period in Greek immigration detention centres from 2011 to 2012. In it we examine the experience of policing and irregular entry across the Greek Turkey border – an entry-point to Europe that is routinely regarded as being in crisis. As we will demonstrate, border policing at this site is capricious and unpredictable. It is also highly racialised and gendered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2182-2196
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Border policing
  • women migrants
  • Greece
  • race and gender
  • immigration detention
  • intersectionality

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