New borders in Europe

CONTROL: Today's European refugee policy is no longer about respect for free movement but about control.

Fafner is a regular critic in Ny Tid. Residing in Tel Aviv.
New Borders. Hotspots and the European Migration Regime

CONTROL: Today's European refugee policy is no longer about respect for free movement, but about control.

In September 2015, the image of Alan Kurdi went around the world. The three-year-old Syrian boy was found dead on the beach at the Turkish city of Bodrum, and it put a heavy focus on the entire refugee flow that was moving from the Turkish coast to Europe at the time.

This is too close, it cannot possibly happen here with us, was a common reaction among Europeans. The refugee problem had suddenly been given a face with a name, so it was difficult to distance itself from it anymore. One had to decide.

GRAPHITY IN THE PORT IN FRANKFURT BY JUSTUS BECKER AND OGUS SEN SHOWS THE DRUNKED SYRIA BOY ALAN KURDI. PHOTO: NTB SCANPIX

2015 was the record year. More than a million people arrived in Europe and the flow of refugees had shifted.
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