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Border Policing in the Social Service Sector – Perspectives from the Nordic welfare states

Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: 1 August 2019

Guest Editors

Maria Persdotter, Malmö University, Roskilde University (corresponding editor)

Jacob Lind, Malmö University

Erica Righard, Malmö University

Nordic Social Work Research

Table of Contents for Nordic Social Work Research. List of articles from both the latest and ahead of print issues.

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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A number of recent incidents suggest that social service providers – including both civil society organisations (CSOs) and public providers – have become targets for, and sometimes active participants in, attempts to monitor and police asylum-seekers and other migrants. Examples range from a  decision of the Swedish Border Police to raid a summer camp for undocumented migrant children; via requirements placed on municipal social services to provide the Border Police with the home addresses of irregular migrants; to formalised collaborations between the migration authorities and CSOs to motivate, among others, Moroccan street children to ‘voluntarily’ return to their country of origin. These developments raise questions about the complex – and changing – relationship(s) between practices of border policing and social service provision.

This Special Issue seeks to contribute to a research-based discussion on the topic at hand. It enters into the debate informed by recent critical work within the fields of, for instance, geography, sociology, migration-, welfare- and social work studies that call into question incremental and everyday forms of migration management. We invite theoretically informed and empirically sound contributions that address border policing within the social services from various analytical approaches, disciplinary perspectives and with different empirical foci.

Potential themes may involve, but need not be limited to the following:

  • The complex relationship(s) between practices of border policing and social service provision. How precisely are these relationships configured, what practices and actors are involved and what roles do they play?
  • The underlying rationalities at play in the policing of migrants in and through the social service sector. ‘Underlying rationalities’ is here understood as varying forms of organising principles techniques or mechanisms of policing, sometimes operating in unexpected and conflicting ways. This might also involve exploring the ethical and political questions and challenges that emerge at the nexus of policing and social service provision.
  • The effects and implications of border policing practices in the social service sector for irregularised migrants and their access to services and fundamental rights – but also for other groups of migrants and mobile populations in society.
  • The longer history of intersections between border policing and social service provision.
  • Sites of interests could include, but are not limited to: The Border Police, Social Services, Courts, NGOs, Detention Centres, Health Care Services etc.

Submission guidelines

The editorial committee welcomes abstracts of no more than 400 words excluding the titles and e-mail addresses of the authors. The abstracts must be submitted by 1st August, 2019 to maria.persdotter@mau.se.

The Guest Editors will conduct an initial screening of submitted abstracts. Those judged suitable for the special issue will be asked to submit a full paper (7000 words), due 30th November, 2019. The special issue is scheduled to be published Autumn 2020.