Sealing borders and containing prisoners
From free movement of migrants to containment in concentration camps
in Medicalising borders
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This chapter explores the transition in migrant processing from the mass migration of the 1890s to the Holocaust and the containment procedures in concentration and extermination camps. Instead of making sure that migrants were free from pathogens, the Nazi procedures meant the migrants effectively became pathogens to be eradicated. Many aspects remain insufficiently appreciated, such as barriers to migrants claiming welfare, medical controls in the 1930s, and the extent to which the Germans exploited prisoners for medical research, turning people into reservoirs of pathogens.

Medicalising borders

Selection, containment and quarantine since 1800


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