Anitta Kynsilehto, University of Tampere: European response to crises at its borders: Blocking access and denying rights
The current ‘migration crisis’ in Europe has denoted massive media attention to matters related to human mobility. Especially since the summer of 2015, migration has figured high in the national, supra-national and international agendas of the European Union and its member-states. Successive attempts to build truly intra-European solidarity between the states have failed to provide a concerted response to the on-going humanitarian crisis. As to the EU’s relations to its neighbors in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, the externalization of border control and externalizing asylum, while not new phenomena as such, have accentuated in particular since the autumn of 2015.
This talk draws on multi-sited ethnographic research with migrants and refugees at different borders on the Eastern, Southern and Northern shores of the Mediterranean Sea and my involvement in transnational human rights advocacy. I will focus on the impact of EU policies outside the EU territory, and conclude with a reflection concerning the future of rights-based political advocacy work in a context where the crisis of asylum, noted since several years, is only aggravated
Doctor, researcher, Tampere Peace Research Institute, University of Tampere, Finland
Anitta Kynsilehto holds Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellowship (awarded for 2015–2018). Earlier she worked as a Senior Researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden. Her background is in multidisciplinary Peace Research and anthropologically-tuned political analysis.
Kynsilehto’s research focuses on human mobility, borders, and solidarity activism, with an ongoing project studying corporeal forms of resistance and relational knowledge formation between undocumented migrants and solidarity activists in North Africa, Middle East and Europe.
Her work has been published, for example, in Environment and Planning A, Body & Society, International Studies Perspectives, and European Journal of Cultural Studies. Alongside her academic interests, she takes part in civil society and activist networks that deal with above topics, for example by serving in the executive committee of the EuroMed Rights (EMHRN) as the political referent on migration and asylum.
Anitta Kynsilehto on tutkijatohtori Rauhan- ja konfliktintutkimuskeskuksessa Taprissa, Tampereen yliopistossa.
Hänen tutkimuksensa käsittelevät ihmisten liikkuvuutta, rajoja ja solidaarisuustoimintaa erityisesti Välimeren ympärysmaissa. Akateemisten toimiensa rinnalla hän on toiminut pitkään erilaisissa järjestöissä ja verkostoissa, tällä hetkellä tärkeimpänä EuroMed Rights-verkoston johtokunnan jäsenenä ja muuttoliike- ja turvapaikkakysymysten vastaavana.