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The responsible migrant: reading the global compact on migration

Muirhead Tower 715
Social Sciences
Monday 21st January 2019 (14:00-15:30)
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IRiS Seminar Series:  The legacy of migration

Dr Christina Oelgemöller, Loughborough University

The responsible migrant: Reading the global compact on migration

The management of international migration is based on questions of legitimate access. Globalization has seen a liberalization of movement along with people’s increased capacity to move. However, the dark underside of this liberalization is the violent exclusion from juridico-political status of some. As a consequence a substantial number of these people have found violent deaths in deserts, at sea and at heavily fortified geopolitical borders. In 2016 the International Community, partially in reaction to these ‘tragedies’, has met for a summit to discuss large movements of refugees and migrants. The outcome of this meeting is an agreement to negotiate two GCMs, one on refugees and one on migrants, with the aim of facilitating ‘orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people’. This language originates in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. How is responsibility expressive of a changed way of ‘doing’ migration? The language of responsibility raises questions about how the International Community views international migration and by extension prepares the ground for policy and practice on international migration. Taking a genealogical, jurisprudential approach informed by Deleuze we follow the logic which brings migration, development and Human Rights language together to construct a new subjectivity: that of the responsible migrant. The migrant human will be a rights-bearer because he or she will contribute to development. We argue that assuming a narrow understanding of responsibility misses expressive dynamics in the normalizing of international migration within a new framing to inform International Law making.

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