Anthropologist Barak Kalir unravels the highly politicised context in which deportation takes place. He offers policymakers and practitioners in the field a critical perspective on current deportation regimes, their (in)effectiveness, and an alternative approach to illegalised migrants.
Current political and public debates on the deportation of illegalised immigrants focus mostly on the costs of these immigrants to society and their potential threat to the cultural and social unity of the nation.
In 2014, Barak Kalir and his research team received funding from the European Research Council to study and compare the actual workings of deportation regimes. Their research shows that the support for and effect of deportation is much more biased than typically believed and share these results with the broad public, activtists and other practitioners.
Societal Impact Stories
The Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) has selected research projects to explain how social science research can lead to societal impact. This is the first story in this new series.