Szmagalska Follis, Karolina
What is an economic migrant? Europe's new borders and the politics of classification.
Citizenship, Borders and Human Needs.
University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadephia, pp. 115-131.
After the United States-Mexico border, the second longest border between
a poor and an affluent region is the eastern external boundary of the European
U nion.l This essay discusses the selective permeability of this border,
drawing on a larger study of the emergence of a new border regime between
Poland and Ukraine following the 2004 expansion of the European Union.
In 2005-2006 I conducted twelve months months of field research in Poland
and Ukraine, among border guards and immigration officials as well
as in migrant communities and civil society organizations. As a participantobserver
of cross-border human traffic, I gathered vernacular accounts of
crossing, policing, and subverting the border. I relied on historical sources,
legal acts, policy handbooks, official statements, and independent reports
to situate the accounts I collected within the larger context of "building
Europe" east of the former Iron Curtain.
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