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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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What Kind of State Are We In?

What Kind of State Are We In?

(p.167) Chapter 7 What Kind of State Are We In?
Seeking Asylum

Alison Mountz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter summarizes the book’s main themes. It argues that states of migration are capitalizing on crises to advance enforcement agendas that exclude those in search of refuge. Whether viewed from the outside in or the inside out, the state is imagined, enacted, and encountered in our daily lives. In these processes, state borders expand far beyond political boundaries, moving outward to bring into being paradoxical zones and extraterritorial locales of policing and detention. The implications of the knowledge set forth in the book about migration are also discussed. The chapter concludes that the challenges confronting states of migration will not be solved simply, partially, or in times of crisis. Nor will they be solved by shifting the borders of sovereignty.

Keywords:   states, migration, immigration policy, borders, policing detention

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