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Closing borders is supposed to create a sense of security for those within. (…) ‘protecting’ borders also suggests that there is something to be protected from.

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04 October 2022
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People arriving at the Slovak border now do not have the option of legal entry, although many Syrians and Afghans among them will be granted asylum in Austria once their procedure is finalized. - © Jella van Mourik Unsplash

Following the Czech example, Austria introduced strict border controls on the Austro-Slovak borders on September 30 to prevent human trafficking, as announced by the Austrian minister of Interior. Initially for ten days, police will now stop cars, vans and trucks at the border and will intensify controls in the immediate proximity of the border. Verena Wisthaler spoke with Dr. Judith Kohlenberger, expert on refugees and migration, on the efficiency of such measures.

Verena Wisthaler

Verena Wisthaler is research group leader of the PACS research group at the Institute of Minority Rights at EURAC Research, Italy. Previously she was a post-doc researcher at the University of Neuchâtel, within the SNSF project NCCR on the move – the migration-mobility nexus. She is an external lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, the University of Vienna and at the University of Innsbruck. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Leicester (2016).

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https://doi.org/10.57708/b141723948
Wisthaler, V. Closing borders is supposed to create a sense of security for those within. (…) ‘protecting’ borders also suggests that there is something to be protected from. https://doi.org/10.57708/B141723948

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