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Intimate Encounters in EU Borderlands: Migrant Maternity, Sovereignty and the Politics of Care on Europe’s Peripheries

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 EUBorderCare project word cloud

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Project "EUBorderCare" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙498˙463 €
 EC max contribution 1˙498˙463 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-08-01   to  2020-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE IT (FIESOLE) coordinator 1˙498˙463.00


 Project objective

EU Border Care is a comparative study of the politics of maternity care among undocumented migrants on the EU’s peripheries. Empirical analysis of personal and institutional relations of care and control in the context of pregnancy and childbirth will support an innovative critique of the moral rationale underpinning healthcare delivery and migration governance in some of Europe’s most densely crossed borderlands in France, Greece, Italy and Spain. Unlike other categories of migrants, undocumented pregnant women are a growing phenomenon, yet few social science or public health studies address EU migrant maternity care. This subject has urgent implications: whilst recent geopolitical events in North Africa and the Middle East have triggered a quantifiable increase in pregnant women entering the EU in an irregular situation, poor maternal health indicators among such women represent ethical and medical challenges to which frontline maternity services located in EU borderlands have to respond, often with little preparation or support from national and European central authorities. Grounded in long-term ethnographic fieldwork in maternity wards located in French Guiana and Mayotte (Overseas France), the North Aegean and Attica (Greece), Sicily (Italy), and Ceuta and Melilla (Spain), my project will trace the networks of maternity care delivery in peripheries facing an increase of immigration flows, and characterised by structural social and economic underinvestment. My team will investigate migrant maternity from three interlinked research perspectives: migrant women, healthcare delivery staff, and regional institutional agencies. Empirical and desk research, combined with creative audio-visual methods, will document migrant maternity on EU borderlands to address wider questions about identity and belonging, citizenship and sovereignty, and humanitarianism and universalism in Europe today.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Malakasis, C. & H. Alhouch
Life in the City\'s Underbelly: The Refugee Camp of Elaionas.
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2015 Grotti, V.
Taking the Times in the Midst of a Crisis: Prior Informed Consent, Sociability and Vulnerability in Ethnographic Research.
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65535 Martin, S.
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2017 Magdalena Kmak, Alexandros Sakellariou, Mervi Leppäkorpi, Jaanika Kingumets, Nina Sahraoui, Andrea Althoff
Book Reviews
published pages: , ISSN: 1799-649X, DOI: 10.1515/njmr-2017-0030
Nordic Journal of Migration Research 7/4 2019-05-29
2017 Daniela Arias Vargas
\'Working From What They Have Not From What They Need: Solidarity and Resistance, Voices From NGO actors in Spanish Southern Borderlands\'.
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2018 Sahraoui, N.
Melilla, The Border as Social Fabric of the City
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