European Borders. Between the Dwelling and the Content.

Monday, 11 July 2016: 09:30
Location: Hörsaal 07 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Ivana RUIZ ESTRAMIL, Universidad del País Vasco, University of the Basque Country, Spain
Considering the latest events taking place at Europe’s borders, mainly in the Mediterranean coast, this paper aims to analyze this Europe’s borders and the different  actors operating there. Containment and differentiation of “them” and “us” are discourses that seek to legitimize an opening or closing position about the reception of thousands of people who every day try to get in a Europe that seems to shield itself legally and physically.

Borders are understood as geographic delimitation, but also as containers of social realities that pretend to establish a clear differentiation one from each other. This happens especially in this case in which Europe must stand as an emblem of Human Rights, meanwhile doesn’t want to permit thoroughfare to the massive population crowding its borders. But, what do we face? We face a strong inner contradiction, as a sign of a confused and tumultuous time, which becomes the object of our analysis.

This communication aims to show a reflection about the role of European borders in the known as worst refugee crisis since World War II. Which is the role of sociology in the conformation of this phenomenon as a new social issue? This will be one of the main questions to be tackled. This communication aims to analyze the role of the Europe’s Borders in forming an idea of refugee and the role of de Social Sciences in this phenomenon.