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Seeking AsylumHuman Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border$
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Alison Mountz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665372

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665372.001.0001

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Crisis and the Making of the Bogus Refugee

Crisis and the Making of the Bogus Refugee

(p.93) Chapter 4 Crisis and the Making of the Bogus Refugee
Seeking Asylum

Alison Mountz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter traces the relationship between productions of identity and geography—here, the discourse of the bogus refugee related to the remote detention and subsequent invisibility of those seeking asylum. It shows how states capitalize on moments of crisis as communicated by the media, and how global processes of exclusion are inscribed on migrant bodies. The narrative of who these migrants were explains where they were located and vice versa. Boundaries function in international political territorialization and in practices of identity construction.

Keywords:   media, bogus refugees, migrants, remote detention, asylum seekers

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