The Categorized and Invisible: The Effects of the ‘Border’ on Women Migrant Transit Flows in Mexico
Carla Angulo-Pasel | BIG Research Reports | #51
Since the 1960s, border controls have undergone a transformation and become more restrictive, drive by the security needs of the state. Whereas in the past border controls were typically focused on external, geographical and territorial demarcations, border policies have now become centred on internal security measures along with specific focus on the creation of categories or classifications people. State control of migration, or migration management, has witnessed a similar shift where the categorization of individuals place certain people in more precarious situations. Border control and migration management present an interesting and inter-related relationship where border controls and enforcement represent a specific instrument within a state’s migration management tool-kit. In this case, border control mechanisms automatically create categories for all migrants.