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3 Birkbeck L. Rev. 305 (2015)
Logics of Citizenship and Violence of Rights: The Queer Migrant Body and the Asylum System

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Mariska Jung

             Logics of Citizenship and Violence of
             Rights: The Queer Migrant Body and

             the  Asylum System

             MARISKA JUNG*

             Border and migration studies document how  states produce
             migrant subjectivities via bio-political practices, which are
             plotted against the figure of the 'undeserving' migrant. How-
             ever, there is little research on the politics of the recent but
             growing tendency  in Western states to include the category
             of 'LGBT'  in their asylum policies. Furthermore, there has
             been little attention to the role of activists in border regimes.
             Hence  academia fails to fully grasp the violence of rights-
             based migration  politics and to understand the dispersed
             sexual politics of borders. This article examines the relation-
             ship between LGBT   emancipation, border enforcement and
             migration activism in the United Kingdom. It appears that
             asylum policies construct hierarchies of migrants, currently
             with the LGBT  asylum seeker towards the top of the pecking
             order. Activists contest, but simultaneously perform, the
             sexual and territorial border. The save-ability of the queer
             migrant is constructed at the same time that immigration
             violence is conducted, through indefinite detention and the
             Detained Fast Track system. Law  turns out to be a violent
             governmental technology  when  gender and sexuality rights
             are used to further close the border.

 MSc Migration Mobility and Development Studies from SOAS, University of
 London. BSc Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and BA Philosophy from the
University of Amsterdam. Mariska is currently working as a consultant and
practitioner in the fields of anti-discrimination and migration, with a special focus
on gender and sexuality.


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