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This talk will draw on recent research carried out for the Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat: Mapping and Documenting Migratory Journeys and Experiences project, which carried out over 250 interviews in 2015 and 2016 with people on the move in precarious situations across the Mediterranean Sea. The specified aim of this project is to assess the 2015 European Agenda on Migration (the EU policy framework) from the perspective of people that policy effects most directly: people on the move themselves. More than simply focusing on the journeys and experiences of our research participants, our project from the start has been concerned with the claims and demands that people pose in ‘speaking back’ to the policies that shape these journeys and experiences. Our findings in this sense are more than just findings – they are encounters in which shared stories have been imperfectly translated into policy proposals. Grounded in testimonies which provide a damning critique of the current trajectory of EU policy, the talk reflects on some of the key disjunctures that emerge between policy framings and experiential framings of precarious migrations across the Mediterranean Sea today.
About the speaker
Vicki Squire is an Associate Professor of International Security at the University of Warwick. Her research cuts across the fields of critical citizenship, migration, border and security studies, and coalesces around her interest in the emergence, development and contestation of various rationalities or techniques of governing mobility. Vicki is the Co-Editor of the journal International Political Sociology, and co-convenor of the Warwick Borders, Race, Ethnicity and Migration (BREM) Network.