Negotiating Deportations: An Ethnography of the Legal Challenge of Deportation Orders in a French Immigration Detention Centre

An Ethnography of the Legal Challenge of Deportation Orders in a French Immigration Detention Center
Part of the Immigrants and Minorities, Politics and Policy book series (IMPP)


As most western countries, France has witnessed a general increase of legal control over unauthorized immigration in the past years. This crackdown on so-called undocumented foreigners resulted in a wide recourse to police round-ups, identity checks and custody, or the development of computerized files of foreign nationals designed to “secure the border” and detect unwanted immigrants on the French territory ( Weil 2005;Guiraudon 2000;Hollifield 2004). Among those measures, the deportation process has been particularly enhanced, as it provides the most direct and clear enforcement of the “social closure” separating nationals from foreigners. If deportation is, indeed, a “bordering institution”, the border that is at stake here is not merely geographic—it is as well a political, a legal, and more broadly a social one, setting those who may exercise the ordinary rights of citizens apart from those who may not (DeGenova and Peutz 2010) .


Asylum Seeker Judicial Review Legal Provision Legal Expertise Detention Center 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CESDIP Centre de Recherches Sociologiques sur le Droit et les Institutions PénalesGuyancourtFrance

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