All Quiet on the 'Eastern Front'? Controlling Transit Migration in Latvia and Lithuania

Lindberg, Annika; Borrelli, Lisa Marie (2019). All Quiet on the 'Eastern Front'? Controlling Transit Migration in Latvia and Lithuania. Journal of ethnic and migration studies : JEMS, pp. 1-17. Routledge 10.1080/1369183X.2019.1575719

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While much of current debate on European border control focuses on the reinforcements of Europe’s Southern and South-eastern borders, the Baltic States, traditionally countries of emigration to Western Europe, are experiencing their own challenges in adapting their border regime to handle novel transit migration. Building on ethnographic fieldwork in the Lithuanian and Latvian State Border Guard Services, tasked with securing the Europe Union’s Eastern external borders and curtailing migrants’ onward movement to Western Europe, this paper sheds light on the meanings and practices of ‘borderwork’ in an underexplored region. The article asks: How is the Baltic border regime performed by State Border Guards, what meanings do they attribute to these borders, and what can this tell us about the ever-changing nature of the European border regime? For border guards, the complex landscape of de – and reterritorialised Schengen borders primarily serve as tools for manifesting their belonging to ‘Europe’ and their geopolitical distancing from Russia. Only recently did their borderwork become politicised in the context of migration. The Baltic case sheds light on the diverse manifestations and meanings of borders, which go beyond the mobile populations they are declared to be set up to control.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Sociology
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Lindberg, Elin Annika Margareta and Borrelli, Lisa Marie

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science

ISSN:

1469-9451

Publisher:

Routledge

Language:

English

Submitter:

Elin Annika Margareta Lindberg

Date Deposited:

09 May 2019 13:57

Last Modified:

09 May 2019 13:57

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/1369183X.2019.1575719

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/127954

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