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Borders operate as instruments of control and are not always fixed but fluid and mobile. Individuals experience borders not only as territorial demarcations but also in their daily lives.

International Migration Research Centre (IMRC) researchers investigate how borders are constituted, placed strategically by States, and experienced and encountered by migrants.



  • constituted borders
  • strategic border placement
  • migrant encounter and experience of borders


  • Mountz, Alison. (2010). Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

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