Migration’s lines of flight

Borders as spaces of contestation

Authored by: Sabine Hess , Serhat Karakayali

The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138718364
eBook ISBN: 9780429438233
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In the summer and autumn of 2015, the reality of cross-border migration became overwhelming. Thousands of migrants and refugees were literally ripping down the fences of the European border regime and were demanding the right to cross the borders of Europe. They camped wherever, jumped on ferries and trains, and if security agents got in their way, they marched hundreds of kilometres to the next national border and protested over their right to proceed. This collective, unorganized uprising increased international public awareness when thousands of refugees were blocked at the main station in Budapest in early September of 2015 and in turn launched the ‘March of Hope’. The pictures of these people marching along motorways toward Western Europe became iconographic images of protest and resistance against the European border regime.

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