Marlene Dumas: Ongetiteld land (1980-1985)
Marlene Dumas: Ongetiteld land (1980-1985), Stedelijk Musuem Amsterdam

Migration law legitimises the unequal global mobility regime that privileges Europeans and their descendants in settler colonies and under-privileges non-Europeans (The global mobility infrastructure, 2018; Bifurcation of people, bifurcation of law, 2018). An analysis of the history of international migration law shows that this has been the case since the early modern period. This is still the case today, both in the Anglo-American world (Coloniality and Case Law on the Australian Asylum Offshoring Scheme, 2022) and in Europe (Coloniality and Recent European Migration Case Law, 2022; Migration Emergencies in the European Postcolony, 2021; Race and the regulation of international migration, with Karin de Vries, 2021). In this manner, what purports to be ‘international’ migration law marginalises fundamentally different normative approaches in, among others, South America and West Africa (Migration management clientelism, 2021; The New Borders of Empire, 2019). The Eurocentric character of international migration law is not merely a characteristic of the regulation of migration, but is replicated in academic work (The geopolitics of knowledge production in international migration law, 2021). I have laid out my research agenda on the coloniality of migration law in a lecture, Confronting the colonial structure of international migration law (2020).

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