Border management, cooperation and control in the Baltic Sea area
2016 (English)In: Book of abstracts. International Conference on Migration, Irregularisation and Activism, Malmö, June 15-16, 2016, Malmö: The Swedish Forte-network on "Irregular migrants and irregular migration", Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) at Malmö University and Department of Global Political Studies at Malmö University , 2016, 43-43 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Recent events in Europe concerning the large influx of irregular migrants and re-implementation of bordercontrols have drawn our attention towards European migration management and border politics. Border officers claim that they must rely on cooperation to perform their duties of border guarding. In 2014 acollaborative project initiated by the Stockholm County Police, Border Division in Sweden wascommenced. The project was partly funded by the European commission. The participants were borderpolice and border authorities in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Sweden. This is a qualitative study based on empirically gathered material such as field interviews with border officers and fieldworkobservations. This study suggests that the border officers re-negotiate spatial and cultural identities to makecooperation possible creating new distinctions and boundaries of “us and them”. The border officers areunited in their views and efforts to protect EU territory and Schengen space from criminal activity butsome express ambivalence towards categories of “criminals” concerning irregular migrants. At the sametime, cooperation and increased social interaction stimulate the officers to create new categories of “us andthem”; those who you know personally trust and those whom you do not know and cannot trust. Earlierdistinctions between the east (the former soviet states such as Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia) and the west (Sweden and Finland) are in some ways diminished through interaction and close cooperation. Instead, the Baltic Sea officers create distinctions between themselves and southern European countries regardingwork methods, general attitude, opinions, and efficiency.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: The Swedish Forte-network on "Irregular migrants and irregular migration", Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) at Malmö University and Department of Global Political Studies at Malmö University , 2016. 43-43 p.
border management, cooperation, Baltic Sea area
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject Social Sciences, Criminology; Social Sciences, Police Work; Social Sciences, Social Psychology; Social Sciences, Sociology; Social Sciences, Studies of Professions
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-53473OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-53473DiVA: diva2:936622
International Conference on Migration, Irregularisation and Activism: Challenging Contemporary Border Regimes, Racism and Subordination, Malmö, June 15-16, 2016