Policing Humanitarian Borderlands: Frontex, Human Rights and the Precariousness of Life

26 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2014

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Katja Franko Aas

Independent

Helene Gundhus

Norwegian Police University College

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

The article critically examines the peculiar co-existence of the securitization of the border and the growing presence and prominence of human rights and humanitarian ideals in border policing practices. Concretely, it focuses on Frontex, the agency tasked with management of EU’s external borders. Based on interviews with Frontex officials and border guard officers, and on the analysis of relevant policy documents and official reports, the article explores what may come across as a discrepancy between the organization’s activities and its public self-presentation. The objective is to provide an insight into the complex and volatile relationship between policing and human rights, which marks contemporary migration control as well as mundane forms of professional and personal self-understanding.

Keywords: border control, Frontex, human rights, humanitarian borders, policing

Suggested Citation

Aas, Katja Franko and Gundhus, Helene, Policing Humanitarian Borderlands: Frontex, Human Rights and the Precariousness of Life (2014). British Journal of Criminology, 54:6 ; Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship Research Paper No. 2528544. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2528544

Katja Franko Aas (Contact Author)

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Helene Gundhus

Norwegian Police University College ( email )

PO Box 5027
Majorstuen
Oslo, N-0301
Norway

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