Today every­thing is immigration.
—­donald tusk, President of the Eu­ro­pean Council, September 3, 2015
We cannot point to a place, state or continent called Eu­rope which readily reveals its
borders, edges or divisions to an impartial observer. On the contrary  .  .  . ​debates about
the frontiers of Eu­rope are unavoidably po­liti­cal interventions which interject ele­ments
of fixture into the fluid and ambiguous space that is Europe.
—­william walters, “Eu­rope’s Borders,” 487
The repre­sen­ta­tion of Eu­rope’s borders is, of course, symbolic. But the signs and symbols
have a history.
—­talal asad, “Muslims and Eu­ro­pean Identity,” 220
Eu­ro­pean Deathscape
This book has arisen in the midst of what has been ubiquitously and virtually
unanimously declared in mass-­mediated public discourse and the dominant
po­liti­cal debate to be a “crisis” of migration in Eu­rope.
The first intimations of a Eu­ro­pean crisis arose amid the unsightly accu-
mulation of dead black and brown bodies awash on the halcyon shores of the
Mediterranean Sea. When a ship transporting as many as 850 mi­grants and
refugees capsized on April 19, 2015, all but 28 of the vessel’s passengers ­ w ere sent to
their deaths in what appears to have been the worst border-­ c rossing shipwreck
INTRODUCTION
The Borders of  “Eu­rope” and
the Eu­ro­pean Question
nicholas de genova
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