12 June 2020 — Statewatch
COVID-19 has become another touchstone for today’s deeply entrenched politics of militarised borders and anti-migrant racism. Leaders like Trump and Orban have blamed the virus on foreigners and to claim justification for their racist politics. But they have also been used European Union Member States of all political tendencies have used the crisis to close off ports to rescue ships, making the Mediterranean even more deadly for refugees. The ‘necropolitics’ of border militarization that justifies systemic crimes against humanity has become tragically hegemonic.
This webinar will look at the trajectory and globalization of border militarization across the world, the history, ideologies and actors that have shaped it, the pillars and policies that underpin the border industrial complex, the resistance of migrants, refugees and activists, and the shifting dynamics within this pandemic. It will ask whether there are ways post-pandemic to forge a different path that rejects inhumane border politics, welcomes refugees and migrants, provides full citizenship rights to the undocumented, and embraces the dignity of all human beings.
•Harsha Walia, author of Border Imperialism
•Jille Belisario, Transnational Migrant Platform-Europe
•Todd Miller, author of Empire of Borders (2020), Storming the Wall (2019) and More than A Wall (2019)
•Kavita Krishnan, All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA) TB
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