The Securitization of East-European Migrants. The Occurrence of Liminal Identities in the European Union

  • Lucian Dumitrescu


The article starts from the premise that immigrants account for everything that is not European and brings under scrutiny the process of labor ethnicization, which has been used to create liminal identities within the European Union. The ethnicization of labor has turned Eastern Europe, where most of the immigrants have come from, into a Threatening/ Internal Significant Other of the European Union. Focusing in particular on the case of Roma immigrants, the article explains how the ethnicization of labor in Western Europe has strengthened the identity difference between pre-modern Eastern and Western Europe by presenting the former as pre-modern and the latter as post-modern. The article presents narratives that strengthened the process of labor ethnicization and, thus, laid the foundation for turning Eastern Europe into an absolute Other of the EU.


East-European migrants Labor ethnicization European Union 


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  • Lucian Dumitrescu
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  1. 1.Institute of Political Sciences and International Relations – Romanian AcademyBucharestRomania

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