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New ESRC project on Monitoring ‘Illegal’ Immigrants

Prof. Christina Boswell leads this exciting new ESRC-sponsored project on how unauthorised migrants have been surveilled in France, Germany and the UK since the late 1960s. .

SKAPE is pleased to announce the launch of a new ESRC-sponsored project, “Seeing Illegal Immigrants: State Monitoring and Political Rationality”. This 2-year project, led by Prof Christina Boswell, will explore how public authorities in France, Germany and the UK have monitored unauthorized immigrants from the late 1960s to the present day. A team of 5 social scientists and historians will assess which forms of illegality states monitor, and which are left unscrutinised; and investigate the techniques states use to produce knowledge about illegal populations. Through this analysis, we aim to address a broader theoretical question about whether states are maximising control of their populations, or whether they prefer to cultivate ‘strategic ignorance’.

You can read more about the project, and follow our blog, here. http://blogs.sps.ed.ac.uk/seeing-illegal-immigrants/

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