Gender, Securitization and Transit: Refugee Women and the Journey to the EU

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Type
Journal Article

Author
Alison Gerard

Author
Sharon Pickering

URL
http://ift.tt/1TcTiPg

Volume
27

Issue
3

Pages
338-359

Publication
Journal of Refugee Studies

ISSN
0951-6328, 1471-6925

Date
09/01/2014

Journal Abbr
Journal of Refugee Studies

DOI
10.1093/jrs/fet019

Accessed
2016-05-01 04:27:31

Library Catalog
jrs.oxfordjournals.org.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au

Language
en

Abstract
European Union (EU) Member States have cultivated the ‘securitization of migration’, crafting a legal framework that prevents irregular migrants, including asylum seekers, from arriving in the EU. As external and internal border controls are reinvigorated to achieve this aim, the experiences of asylum seekers beyond the EU border, in designated ‘transit’ countries, necessitate further inquiry. Concepts of ‘transit’ are shaped by government accounts of ‘secondary migration’ as illegitimate, and asylum seekers as a security threat warranting containment. Based on interviews with Somali refugee women who have travelled through North Africa to reach the southern EU Member State of Malta, this article traces the impact of the securitization of migration on women’s experiences of ‘transit’. Women’s stories, historically neglected in the literature on migration, provide a lived account of securitization and the gendered ways ‘functional border sites’ operate beyond the EU, enlisting state and non-state actors in producing direct and structural violence. This article argues EU policy is blind to the lived realities of those who seek refugee protection in the EU, and urgently needs to address the structural contradictions exacerbating violence experienced by refugee women in transit.

Short Title
Gender, Securitization and Transit

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