The EU Humanitarian Border and the Securitization of Human Rights: The ‘Rescue-Through-Interdiction/Rescue-Without-Protection’ Paradigm

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Type
Journal Article

Author
Violeta Moreno-Lax

URL
http://ift.tt/2kAhYKL

Pages
n/a-n/a

Publication
JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies

ISSN
1468-5965

Journal Abbr
JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies

DOI
10.1111/jcms.12651

Accessed
2017-12-19 23:23:05

Library Catalog
Wiley Online Library

Language
en

Abstract
This article looks at securitization/humanitarianization dynamics in the EU external sea borders to track and critique the substantial transformation of the role played by human rights in the Mediterranean. Mapping the evolution of maritime engagement up to the ‘refugee crisis’, it is revealed how the invocation of human rights serves paradoxically to curtail (migrants’) human rights, justifying interdiction (‘to save lives’), and impeding access to safety in Europe. The result is a double reification of ‘boat migrants’ as threats to border security and as victims of smuggling/trafficking. Through a narrative of ‘rescue’, interdiction is laundered into an ethically sustainable strategy of border governance. Instead of being considered a problematic (potentially lethal) means of control, it is re-defined into a life-saving device. The ensuing ‘rescue-through-interdiction’/‘rescue-without-protection’ paradigm alters the nature of human rights, which, rather than functioning as a check on interdiction, end up co-opted as another securitization/humanitarianization tool.

Short Title
The EU Humanitarian Border and the Securitization of Human Rights

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