In opposing Islamophobia it is important that leftists in Europe reject culturalist tropes about Muslims and remain committed to the struggle for democratic rights.
Donya Alinejad and Maral Jefroudi
More than utopian naiveté, the idea of open borders is a guiding political vision. But its meaning doesn’t always translate easily into the here-and-now. This issue of Crisis Magazine gathers together a range of progressieve perspectives on EU border politics with the aim of shifting the discussion beyond simplistic interpretations of a right-closed/left-open binary.
News coverage of the situation at the border often focuses on isolated events. But those who have made dangerous crossings and become long-time residents of camps have their own accounts to share. On Lesvos, this past year has been a particularly turbulent one.
The burning of Moria camp seemed like an exceptional tragedy. But this event and the EU response to it reflect a decades-long policy approach. As long as securitization remains the guiding principle of the EU migration policy, the calls of Moria will remain unanswered.
What is strange about the stranger? Do we really see her face or do we only see our own imagination? By using the metaphor of prosopagnosia (face-blindness), this essay interrogates the racialised gaze through a creative focus on seeing and unseeing.
The discrimination Eastern European migrants face reflects unfair intra-EU agreements. Europe’s response to migration from outside Europe must address the forms of structural precarity and inequality already produced within its borders.
Melissa Kerr Chiovenda and Andrea Chiovenda
International attention for gruesome isolated attacks in Afghanistan ignores the structural conditions that make life unlivable for many Afghanis. Current European border and asylum regimes lack the legal and policy frameworks for acknowledging these long-term, social conditions.
Rising calls for deterrence have intensified both the physical violence migrants face at the EU border and border externalization to third party countries. The financial gains of international arms firms in this militarizing trend form an obstacle for policy change.