Workshop: De-centring and Contesting Externalisation in West Africa and Beyond

19. September 2022 to 20. September 2022
Moctar Dan Yayé, Leonie Jegen, Aino Korvensyryä, Laura Lambert, Ngozi Louis Uzomah, Hassan Ould Moctar, Franzisca Zanker
This event brings together scholars, activists, and practitioners to critically assess EU border externalisation policies in the region of West Africa. Organised by the West Africa working group of, the workshop aims to examine not only how these policies unfold in various West African contexts, but also how they interact with social movements, regional cooperation frameworks, and broader patterns of neocolonialism. Spanning a day and a half, the workshop combines critical scholarly perspectives on questions such as “voluntary return” programmes, biometric databases, and the activities of Frontex, with perspectives from West African activist who have campaigned against these externalisation policies. Lastly, it will make connections between externalisation in West Africa and other contexts that have come under the extraterritorial purview of the EU border regime. 
The workshop will take place over 19 September and 20 September and will be hybrid in format. The physical workshop will take place at SOAS, University of London. Coffee/tea and lunch will be available for those attending in person, though capacity for in-person attendance is limited. The zoom links for each day will be sent to participants upon registration 
Register to attend here.
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