Demanding justice
in Reclaiming migration
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Chapter 6 considers how the testimonies of people on the move represent a critique of the EU’s role in producing the drivers and conditions of flight across various sites and along diverse migratory routes. The chapter documents a range of claims to justice that emerge from our counter-archive, before focusing on two key ways in which the testimonies challenge the EU as complicit in the injustices driving migration. First, it identifies a series of demands that point to the EU’s implication in wars and conflicts that drive migration and, second, it identifies a series of demands that point to the limits of the EU’s focus on development aid. The chapter shows how migratory acts of desertion challenge securitising narratives of crisis, while decolonising migratory acts challenge humanitarian narratives of crisis. The chapter argues that these acts form part of a broader collective movement for peace and equality against the injustices of Europe’s ‘postcolonial present’ – a movement that opens up opportunities for the revival of theoretical imaginations through the reclaiming of migration by people on the move.

Reclaiming migration

Voices from Europe’s ‘migrant crisis’

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