Security/Preclearance Policy in the Pacific Northwest

BIG Researcher Alex Norfolk presents his research on preclearance policy in the Pacific Northwest which was undertaken in partnership with Mitacs Canada and Tourism Victoria.

Border scholars have often described borderlands not as fixed entities, but as evolving manifestations of mutable cross-border policies. In recent years, certain border policies between the US and Canada have become increasingly mobile, primarily due to securitization, and partly as a result of coordinated efforts to increase collaboration and efficiency in the cross-border movement of goods and people. This seminar conducts an exploration of preclearance activities along the BC-Washington State border. We will seek to test one of the core hypotheses of the BIG research program which states that bordering processes in the 21st century tend straddle the boundary line.

Seminar Poster


Researcher: Alex Norfolk joined the Borders in Globalization (BIG) project in February 2016 as a Researcher and Special Projects Coordinator. In November of 2017 he completed his MA in Community Development at UVic's School of Public Administration, where his thesis explored the Private Sponsorship of Refugees program in Canada. His work with BIG has focused on cross-border efforts to combat human trafficking in the Pacific Northwest, as well as pre-clearance policy in Southern Vancouver Island.

This seminar will be held on October 23rd, 2018, in room B007 of the Clearihue building at the University of Victoria. Please email borders[at]uvic[dot]ca to register.