Presentation on the politics of bordering in the Netherlands
What is the Participation Declaration, and what does it tell us about refugee reception in the Dutch municipalities? In February 2019, Barbara Oomen and Emma Leenders presented a paper titled ‘Symbolic laws, street-level actors: Everyday bordering in Dutch Participation Declaration workshops’ at the Migration Policy Workshop of the European University Institute. The paper argues how important it is to unpack the notion of ‘local government’ to understand the assemblage of actors involved in shaping local migration policies. It also draws attention to the role of individuals in shaping understandings of rights and responsibilities and the balance between in- and exclusion, the welcoming and othering at the local level. The article will be published in a book titled “The Politics of Bordering, the Bordering of Politics’, by Maurizio Ambrosini, Manlio Cinalli and David Jacobson.