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Everyday violence and resistance in Europe’s ‘migration management’ during the Covid-19 pandemic
Organiser(s): Marta Welander, Susanne Jaspars

Excerpt:
Across Europe, people on the move are continuously met by a heavy-handed state response, which in addition to physical violence, detention and removals oftentimes takes the shape of more insidious and subtle forms of violence. Such ‘regimes of practices’ (Jaspars, 2020) can be understood as a strategic approach, or ‘politics of exhaustion’ (Ansems de Vries and Welander, 2016; Ansems de Vries and Welander, 2021; Welander, 2020), designed to hamper people’s access to safety by eroding their resolve to carry on and influencing their journeys and decisions. During the Covid-19 pandemic, these practices have evolved into new forms of everyday aggressions across Europe’s borderlands and host countries (Jaspars, 2021). Solidarity and resistance to these aggressions have long been a response by c ..
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