Depoliticising Migration

  • Antoine Pécoud
Part of the Mobility & Politics book series (MPP)


This chapter argues that international migration narratives (IMN) depoliticise their topic and examine the strategies through which this is achieved. These include: (1) the reliance on ambiguous terms and notions that support different and sometimes contradictory interpretations; (2) the consequent development of arguments that remain at an abstract level and avoid taking clear positions in the key debates raised by international migration; (3) the technocratic reliance on expertise and empirical evidence to avoid political controversies; and (4) a naturalisation of the global socioeconomic and political context in which migration takes place, which is taken for granted and therefore unchallenged.


migration debates medias capitalism migration control 


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© Antoine Pécoud 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Antoine Pécoud
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  1. 1.University of Paris 13France

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