The Human Costs of Border Control

European Journal of Migration and Law, Vol. 9, p. 127-139, 2007

Posted: 22 Jun 2009

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Thomas Spijkerboer

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

Date Written: June 22, 2009

Abstract

This article outlines the relationship between irregular immigration, increased border control, and the number of casualties at Europe’s maritime borders. The conclusion is that the number of fatalities is increasing as a result of increased border control. The author argues that States have a positive obligation under international law to address this issue, and formulates concrete proposals to monitor the number of border deaths.

Keywords: border deaths, human rights

Suggested Citation

Spijkerboer, Thomas, The Human Costs of Border Control (June 22, 2009). European Journal of Migration and Law, Vol. 9, p. 127-139, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1423779

Thomas Spijkerboer (Contact Author)

VU University Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
+31 20 598 6274 (Phone)

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