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The responsible migrant, reading the global compact on migration

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posted on 20.02.2020, 11:31 authored by Christina OelgemöllerChristina Oelgemöller, Kathryn Lucy Allinson
In 2016, the international community, in reaction to the growing number of ‘tragedies’ occurring as people attempted to move across borders, met to discuss large movements of refugees and migrants. The outcome of this meeting was an agreement to negotiate two Global Compacts, one on refugees and one on migrants, with the aim of facilitating ‘orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people’. This article explores how responsibility in the Global Compact on Migrant is expressive of a changed way of ‘doing’ migration. The language of ‘responsibility’ raises questions about how the international community views international migration and, by extension, prepares the ground for policy and practice on international migration. Taking a genealogical, jurisprudential approach, we follow the logic which brings migration, development and human rights language together to construct a new subjectivity: that of the ‘responsible’ migrant. The migrant human will be a rights-bearer because they will contribute to development in particular gendered ways. We argue that assuming a narrow understanding of responsibility misses expressive dynamics in the normalizing of international migration within a new framing to inform international law making.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Law and Critique

Volume

31

Pages

183–207

Publisher

Springer (part of Springer Nature)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

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Acceptance date

18/02/2020

Publication date

2020-04-24

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0957-8536

eISSN

1572-8617

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Christina Oelgemoller. Deposit date: 18 February 2020