Bordering and debordering spaces of asylum in the city of Frankfurt: municipal refugee accommodation and neighbourhood-based volunteering

  • The segregation of refugees in collective accommodation centres represents an integral component of the European border regime and its complex interplay of inclusion and exclusion. The corresponding spatial, symbolic and discursive demarcations, however, are not simply implemented politically from above, but negotiated on the ground on a daily basis. One crucial group of actors in the German context are neighbourhood-based volunteers. These groups frequently accompany accommodation centres with support structures. Based on contributions in the field of critical border studies and on the example of a municipal accommodation facility in Frankfurt, Germany, this paper demonstrates how volunteers, through their practices and engagement with refugees and others, on one hand, and dominant discourses, institutions and regulations on the other, participate in the production of locally specific spaces of asylum that are marked by simultaneous and contradictory processes of bordering and debordering.
Author:Martina Blank
Parent Title (English):Antipode
Place of publication:Oxford [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2021/07/06
Date of first Publication:2021/07/06
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2022/04/05
Tag:European border regime; critical border studies; everyday bordering; local spaces of asylum; municipal refugee accommodation; neighbourhood-based volunteering
Page Number:22
First Page:1639
Last Page:1660
Open Access funding enabled and organized by Projekt DEAL.
Institutes:Geowissenschaften / Geographie
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie / 300 Sozialwissenschaften
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitung 4.0