Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Politics Of Prejudice: How Passports Rubber-Stamp Our Indifference to Refugees

image credit: Craig James

Following the attacks in Paris on Friday, November 13, reports of a Syrian passport found near one suicide bomber stirred the debate on border protocols, renewing calls to keep refugees out. It's strange to admit that in 2015, the right to exist in certain physical spaces on Earth can be prevented by a pocket-sized paper travel document.

Passports have long provided governments a way of controlling the narrative, creating benchmarks for 'illegal immigration,' and enforcing rules about who belongs where. But history has also shown that during periods of conflict, forged passports or visas are as likely to be utilized by government agencies as they are by desperate individuals.

(thanks Hunter)

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