Agents of change?

(Hi)stories, perspectives and everyday practices of intra-Schengen border officials.

This study will look into decision-making practices of border security officers working at internal EU borders – specifically, in the German-Polish (both sides) and German-Dutch (German side) border zones. The project aims to analyse the role street-level border officials play in both immigration and crime control. In doing so, specific attention will be paid to the dialectics of control and resistance, as well as to the interaction between their decision-making with decisions made on the upper legislative and policy echelons.

Duration2017 - 2021
ResearcherMaryla Klajn
Main projectGetting to the Core of Crimmigration
Main organisationVan Vollenhoven Institute, Leiden University