Blurred borders, pandemics, and the politics of belonging

The project Blurred borders, pandemics, and the politics of belonging explores the impact of COVID-19 on people seeking asylum, through an analysis of government policies which sought to securitise the public health response and restrict who crosses its borders.

Through research, public forums and dissemination of research findings, this project will examine and contribute to interdisciplinary debates on the significance of borders; belonging; humanitarian responsibility; and the right to refugee protection. It will undertake a comparative analysis of these shifts and challenges, focusing on Australia and Europe.

This project will explore how borders are maintained in new and untested ways during pandemics and how they contribute to the ongoing marginalization of those most in need of protection. It will contribute to national, regional and international knowledge creation and public debate on the social, political and legal impact of COVID -19 on borders and belonging.

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