Protecting European Borders: Changing Border Police Cooperation in the Baltic Sea Area
2015 (English)In: How the International Migration is Shaping the Contemporary Society. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Albanian Institute of Sociology (AIS), 2015, 104-105 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
In 2014-2015 a European collaborative project called Turnstone (partly funded by the European commission) was implemented to increase control of European borders in the Baltic Sea area and to diminish trans-boundary criminality such as the smuggling of stolen goods and human trafficking. The purpose of the project is also to increase cooperation between border, police and coast guard officers in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Sweden. The officers argue that the abolition of internal borders and the implementation of the Schengen regime in the EU has led to increased efforts to control and monitor borderlands and border crossings. The border officers must rely on cooperation to perform their duties of border guarding and hence must change their methods of working. This is a qualitative study based on empirically gathered material such asfield interviews and fieldwork observations at the different border agencies. The purpose of this study is to analyze how the staff of the different organizations define successful collaboration and what collaboration obstacles they have identified during the implementation of the cooperation project. The findings suggests that the border officers re-negotiate spatial and cultural identities to make cooperation possible. The idea of common northern European historical identity is described as important for successful cooperation. At the same time, language and communication difficulties, differences in work practices and national legislation, differences in status and different areas of interest are seen as collaboration obstacles. However, the border officers are united in their views and efforts to protect EU territory and Schengen space from criminal activity.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. 104-105 p.
Schengen, Baltic Sea area, protecting borders, border police, Europe
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Social Sciences; Social Sciences, Criminology; Social Sciences, Poliskunskap; Social Sciences, Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48125ISBN: 978-9951-494-557OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-48125DiVA: diva2:877593
10th International Conference of the Albanian Institute of Sociology (AIS), AAB College, Prishtine - Kosovo, November 20-21, 2015.