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Negotiating risks and threats: Securing borders through the lens of intelligence

Negotiating risks and threats: Securing borders through the lens of intelligence

Intelligence-led policing is intended to support decisions and governance of migration, and make border control more predictable and manageable. Risk analyses produced by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, aim systematically to achieve more efficient border control in tandem with the ‘highest possible standard’ of border policing. The question to be raised is how risk indicators are constructed, and further translated and negotiated in border police practice?

Ending the zero-sum game through public engagement

Ending the zero-sum game through public engagement

Political and public debates about border control seem to be increasingly fueled by ever growing fears and concerns about various transnational “threats” such as mass migration, cross-border crime and terrorism. As a result, these debates are often politicized and emotional, only further feeding into the already negative sentiments. Other than observing this from the side-line, it is important for academics and scholars studying these and related phenomena to actively participate in these debates and provide some much-needed reflection and nuance.