SHIFTING PARADIGM – DIAGNOSING EU’S BORDER CANCER
Throughout the last years the European border has become the deadliest border in the world. It is not only responsible for countless of deaths of innocent people in the sea but also creates juridico-political spaces along its borderlands, in which the grossest violations of human dignity take place on a daily basis. Yet, the European border is a widely accepted perpetrator of evil. How could a society that is based on freedom, human rights and democracy establish a regime that directly runs counter to these values at its external borders? Through a historical analysis I identify the mechanisms that supported the emergence of the European border regime. As a starting point I chose the Canary Islands case 2006 because of its novelties in migration policy: the externalization of Europe’s border through FRONTEX operations and readmission agreements. Illuminating the disguised violence and the illegalization of such policies, I argue that the consequent reproduction of these mechanisms at various other European borders led to the comprehensive EU border regime we face nowadays. Finally, I suggest a way to deal with this regime based on Erich Fromm’s ideas on radical humanism and love.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen