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Uprooting and borders: the digital architecture of the Ukrainian refugee crisis

Georgiou, Myria ORCID: 0000-0001-8771-8469 and Troszyński, Marek (2023) Uprooting and borders: the digital architecture of the Ukrainian refugee crisis. LSE Public Policy Review, 3 (1). ISSN 2633-4046

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This essay situates the Ukrainian refugee crisis within the politics of the border, and particularly its digital architecture. Increasingly, we illustrate here, decisions about the right to protection are managed digitally. From data, drones, and AI technologies that are mobilised to control territories and to only selectively allow safe passage, to media representations that symbolically regulate public conversation by making certain refugees visible and others invisible, digital technologies have become fundamental to the politics and policies of refuge. Taking the growing role of communication technologies in managing and representing forced migration and the right to protection, this analysis calls for closer attention to the digital architecture of the border. By doing so, we can better understand how technologies that enable Ukrainian refugees to seek safety, as well as to have their flight represented in the media, become crucial components of their refugee rights’ realisation and their welcome in receiving countries.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: J Political Science
H Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2023 09:15
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 04:12

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