Reference : Waiting as probation: selecting self-disciplining asylum seekers
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Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Anthropology
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Migration and Inclusive Societies
Waiting as probation: selecting self-disciplining asylum seekers
Vianelli, Lorenzo mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (FHSE) > Department of Geography and Spatial Planning (DGEO) >]
Gill, Nick mailto [University of Exeter > College of Life and Environmental Sciences > Department of Geography]
Hoellerer, Nicole mailto [University of Exeter > College of Life and Environmental Sciences > Department of Geography]
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Carfax Publishing
Yes (verified by ORBilu)
United Kingdom
[en] Governmentality ; Waiting ; Asylum adjudication ; Refugee integration ; Humanitarian protection ; Asylum seekers
[en] This article diagnoses and critiques a type of governmentality
associated with waiting during protracted asylum appeal
procedures by drawing upon data from a multi-methodological
study of asylum adjudication in Europe. Focusing on Austria,
Germany and Italy, we explore the use of integration-related
considerations in asylum appeal processes by looking at the ways in
which these considerations permeate judges’ decision-making,
particularly, but not exclusively, on the granting of national, non-EU
harmonised protection statuses. Building on insights from the
literature on conditional integration we question the implicit sociopolitical
biases and moral assumptions that underpin this
permeation. We show that the use of integration-related
considerations in asylum appeals transforms migrant waiting into a
period of probation during which rejected asylum seekers’ conducts
are governed and tested in relation to the use of time. More than
simply waiting patiently, rejected asylum seekers are expected to
wait productively, whereby productivity is assessed through the
neoliberal imperatives of entrepreneurship, autonomy and selfimprovement.
We thus contribute to scholarship on migrant
waiting by showing how time is capitalised by state authorities
even when – and actually because – it offers opportunities for
European Research Council
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students ; General public
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (
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H2020 ; 677917 - ASYFAIR - Fair and Consistent Border Controls? A Critical, Multi-methodological and Interdisciplinary Study of Asylum Adjudication in Europe

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