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Introduction: Immigration Detention In Contemporary Europe

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This introductory chapter of the book, which discusses about the particular development of sovereignty, neither a natural nor a self-evident notion but the result of historical contingencies, has led to a situation in which the use of force against outsiders is justified in a way which is fundamentally different from the way in which the use of force against insiders is scrutinised. The book focuses on blind spot of human rights protection, which is nowhere more visible than in the contemporary practice of immigration detention, is due to an enduring perception of territoriality as a self-evident and innocent concept for the organisation of the global political system. It also discusses about the capacity of the refugee and the irregular migrant, while interned by European states on European territory. The chapter presents an overview of how the subsequent chapters are organized in the book.

Keywords: contemporary europe; human rights protection; immigration detention; irregular migrants; sovereignty



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