Disruptions through deportations within Africa and beyond - implications for local, (trans-)national connections and development

Almamy Sylla (ULSHB)
Social Anthropology
Appleton Tower, Seminar Room 2.05
Thursday 13 June, 17:55-19:40

Short abstract:

The interventions in restricting, disrupting, and reversing migration and mobility in Africa are reaching unprecedented scales. This panel provides a space to discuss the implications of deportations within a broader framework of political externalizations, cooperation, and sociopolitical reactions.

Long abstract:

This panel aims at providing a space to discuss the (public, political, economic, and social) implications of and reactions to deportations on the African continent. The advancing externalization of European borders is reaching ever more and anew unprecedented scales, thus restricting, confining, disrupting, and reversing migration and mobility in North and sub-Saharan Africa. While linking migration control and development as a matter of course, these policies give halt to migratory pathways and trajectories, which are driven by a set of economic, social, cultural, and ecologic structural inequalities. Not least, these migrations constitute processes leading to (global) connection and development. Herein, state induced and administered deportations present a distinct juncture, stretching places, times, and lives, and in a certain way re-distributing possibilities (cf. Khosravi, 2018). Against this background, the current age of deportation (Golash-Boza, 2015) on the African continent is characterized by large numbers of deportees and "voluntary" returnees, who face increasing incentives to "reintegrate". Simultaneously, new initiatives appear countering these measures, such as (transnational) mobilisations, collective responses and awareness. Still, too little is known about the consequences for the societies to which people are forced to return to. We welcome papers from different disciplines, also trying new methodological approaches. These shall highlight the role of the different local and (trans-)national actors, practices, and places involved, for example (African) states, border zones, cooperation agreements, family relations or the media. Thereby, the panel wants to contribute to strengthening and differentiating the African Studies perspective in the growing field of knowledge on deportation.