Beyond Borders

As we make our way into the 21st century, closed borders seem to be a defining feature of our times. But not only is the toughened stance on migration achieving little of its stated objectives; it is contributing to an alarming rise in human rights violations all over the world.

Borders, border control, and what is happening in these spaces are at the centre of public debate and media coverage of migration issues, fuelling controversies and misconceptions, particularly in Europe and North America. The border embodies a great number of social, (geo)political, economic and historical issues, generating a proliferation of ideas, projects and actions. It is therefore crucial to examine and think deeply about the border and everything that it symbolises in order to imagine an alternative future for territories and their people. We need to move beyond the “migration crisis” narrative to a more comprehensive approach that puts human dignity at the forefront of our concerns.

This issue of Passerelle aims to inspire people to analyse and think through the issues surrounding borders: What do borders look like in a globalised, deterritorialised world rife with “invisible” walls? Why are borders open to some but closed to others? What are the political and economic forces at play? This issue also explores the different forms of resistance and action going on in the world, as voiced by those challenging closed border policies; and it offers ideas and alternatives to the current border regime.

Beyond Borders seeks to link up what is an extremely topical issue to the more long-term dynamics involved in different areas of the world. It seeks to shed light on the various forces at work, as well as draw attention to past and present civic actions and movements. The latest issue of Passerelle thus strives to stimulate debate and reflection, to provide first-hand accounts and suggest avenues for political action that will enable us to get a better grasp on border issues. In this way, we will be better equipped to work, through international solidarity, towards achieving social justice and protecting the fundamental rights of everyone.

Ritimo, the Publisher
The organisation Ritimo is in charge of Coredem and of publishing the Passerelle Collection.
Ritimo is a network for information and documentation on international solidarity and sustainable development. In 75 locations throughout France, Ritimo opens public information centres on global issues, organises civil society campaigns and develops awareness-raising and training sessions. Ritimo is actively involved in the production and dissemination of plural and critical information, by means of its website.

Published in English and in French, this issue can be downloaded here below.