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Silvia Pasquetti and Romola Sanyal

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526123466

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7765/9781526123473

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Out-sourcing refuge: distance, deferral, and immunity in the urban governance of refugees

Out-sourcing refuge: distance, deferral, and immunity in the urban governance of refugees

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(p.175) 9 Out-sourcing refuge: distance, deferral, and immunity in the urban governance of refugees
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Displacement
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Jonathan Darling

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526123473.00019

This chapter examines how the governance of refugees in British cities follows what, borrowing from Roberto Esposito’s theory of biopolitics, can be considered an ‘immunitary logic’. According to this logic, asylum migration is approached through mechanisms of moral-political distance and deferral by state officials, as well as symbolic-spatial splintering of urban spaces with asylum migrants concentrated in already deprived areas. The chapter highlights how these mechanisms operate at the local level of British cities in similar ways to what happens with the externalisation of border control across the Global North. At the urban level, distance, deferral and immunity also work through the privatisation of basic services, thus pushing the governance of refugees closer to the sociolegal control of the urban poor.

Keywords:   Roberto Esposito, biopolitics, immunitary logic, humanitarianism, borders, British cities, security, the urban poor

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