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Political Science Speaker Series: Quasilegality, Migration, and Borderwork in Niger
February 11 at 10:00 am - 11:00 amFree
The Department of Economics, Philosophy and Political Science invites you to a talk by Dr. Philippe M. Frowd.
Dr. Frowd discusses how Niger’s status as a ‘hub’ for West African migration is now cemented in the imaginaries of interveners and global observers. The policies and practices of the Nigerien government and its local partners continue to coalesce around irregular migration as a major security priority.
Dr. Frowd argues that once we consider the voices of market insiders in the smuggling economy, as well as those in the security and intervention sector, these narratives point to the fundamentally ambiguous status of the migration economy between the licit and illicit, the legal and the illegal.
To capture this ambiguity, Dr. Philippe M. Frowd draws on the concept of ‘quasilegality’.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Philippe M. Frowd is an Associate Professor, School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.