Dr Zeynep Kaşlı investigates the dynamic yet historically and geographically specific modes of any given border, focusing on the Greek–Turkish border
Using the concept of regime of bordering, her article suggests that migration control and contestations (and the limits thereof) can be understood only by considering the dynamic yet historically and geographically specific modes of any given border.
Regime of bordering refers to the fact that contemporary borders against illegalized migration are founded on pre-existing regimes of citizenship, bilateral relations and migration. Her research on both sides of the Greek–Turkish border in Thrace demonstrate the continuing impact of unresolved bilateral disputes and centralized state power in a highly militarized region to align state and nonstate actors with migration control at an “external border” of the EU.
Studying politics of migration control from a long durée perspective and as part of a composite regime of bordering takes us beyond a “presentist” view on recent contestations around illegalized migration, deepening our understanding of (the lack of) local acts of citizenship.
'Migration control entangled with local histories: The case of Greek-Turkish regime of bordering', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. December 2022