Global Border Deaths

Controlling border crossing has become a prime concern under conditions of late modernity, leading western governments to introduce increasingly coercive control measures, ranging from visa regimes to military fortification. Far from eradicating spontaneous border crossing, this ‘defensive geography’ has fuelled illicit people smuggling markets, and forced asylum seekers and illegalized travellers into increasingly hazardous journeys.

This project seeks to account for, rather than merely count, border-related deaths. It intends to shift the debate about contemporary border controls towards the acceptance of a more mobility-tolerant future.

Associated projects

Australian Border Deaths Database

Count Border Deaths Campaign

Contact Leanne Weber for additional information