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De-bordering policies at the city scale: strategies for building resilience in Barcelona's migration governance

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dc.contributor.author Zapata Barrero, Ricard
dc.date.accessioned 2024-02-28T10:28:33Z
dc.date.available 2024-02-28T10:28:33Z
dc.date.issued 2024
dc.identifier.citation Zapata-Barrero R. De-bordering policies at the city scale: strategies for building resilience in Barcelona's migration governance. Comp Migr Stud. 2024;12(1):2. DOI: 10.1186/s40878-023-00361-0
dc.identifier.issn 2214-594X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/59285
dc.description.abstract This article bridges the fields of urban politics, migration governance and border studies by exploring Barcelona as a case study. It raises a first critical question about what happens to so-called borderlands when "borders" move to other scales, such as cities that are not usually categorized as "border cities". Within this framing debate, this study explores two fundamental questions: (1) how border practices at the state level shape constrained relations between cities and migrants, and (2) how cities map de-bordering policies to resolve such constraints, which we conceptualise as an example of 'urban resilience'. The aim is to provide a focus that brings the analytical category of "urban resilience", recently proposed within the emerging debate on the "local turn" in migration studies, to bear on issues directly related to the social impacts of state bordering processes on urban systems. The article then argues that urban justice principles drive most cities to initiate resilient de-bordering policies, and can be seen as a distinctive normative factor underpinning urban resilience when applied to migration governance. After laying the groundwork for this theoretical framework and its application to the city of Barcelona, the final section briefly outlines the potential of this new and crucial critical area of migration research. This will provide yet another opportunity to highlight that we are likely to enter an era in which cities will increasingly become sovereign geopolitical entities within and beyond the traditional hierarchical reach of their own states.
dc.description.sponsorship This article presents the main findings in the framework of BordEUr: New European BorderLands (September 2019–August 2022). The project is funded through the Erasmus + Programme – Jean Monnet Network scheme. Project Ref.: 611891-EPP-1–2019-1-HU-EPPJMO-NETWORK). See website: https://bordeur-project.com/. The article was finalised within the theoretical framework of the BROADER project: Bridging the Migration and Urban Studies Nexus funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant Q1 agreement No. 101079254.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Springer
dc.relation.ispartof Comparative migration studies. 2024;12(1):2
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dc.title De-bordering policies at the city scale: strategies for building resilience in Barcelona's migration governance
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.date.updated 2024-02-28T10:28:33Z
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40878-023-00361-0
dc.subject.keyword Barcelona
dc.subject.keyword Bordering politics
dc.subject.keyword De-bordering policies
dc.subject.keyword Migration
dc.subject.keyword Urban justice
dc.subject.keyword Urban governance urban resilience
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/HE/101079254
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion


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