Testing societal security at the border: the case of Lampedusa

Abstract: In response to the growing societal anxieties concentrating on immigrants and asylum seekers entering the Schengen Area, the external border of Schengenland was established and progressively reinforced to limit uncontrolled immigration to the EU. However, looking closely at one of the most iconic portion of this border – the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa - one is left with the impression that it does not really address any of the security demands for which it was officially established.

From a societal security analytical perspective, an analysis of the most empirical features of the working of Europe’s external border in Lampedusa brings to light a contradiction between the security of the population within it and the safety of those individuals trying to cross it.

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