State Lockdown: The Concept of "Risky Immigrants" in Danish Policy Discourse

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People who arrive at the borders of the United States and European countries without a visa or the right to entrance are variously termed “illegal immigrants,” “irregular immigrants,” or even “unwanted immigrants.” Those immigrants who are granted residency based on family reunification or their status as refugees are sometimes described as “risky,” signaling that they carry various potential hazards for the receiving country. Corresponding to this notion of risk are recent metaphors that express the need to protect ourselves from immigrants: the “war” or “fight” against immigration; the building of “Fortress” Europe; the interception of “immigration routes”; “flanking measures”; “frontline states”; and the idea of prioritizing assistance to distant “buffer zones”. To be sure, risky immigrants are the subject of intense public discussion across the affluent parts of the world. This chapter takes inspiration from Foucault's lectures on governmentally, analyzing Danish migration policies during the last four decades as straddling between the rationalities of law, discipline, and security.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary Christian-cultural Values : Migration Encounters in the Nordic Region
EditorsCecilia Nahnfeldt, Kaia S. Rønsdal
Number of pages26
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)9780367495657, 9780367495664
ISBN (Electronic)9781003046646
Publication statusPublished - 2021
SeriesReligion, Resistance, Hospitalities

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