Station OR /: Exclusion
For many people, borders imply exclusion – not only when crossing political borders, but also in everyday life. The growing border fence of Melilla illustrates the increasing closure of Europe against migration from Africa, and its devastating consequences. In addition, the station provides insights into flight realities in the Global South as well as the continuing influence of borders in Germany.
Borders reproduce social inequalities. Especially for people from countries of the so-called Global South, there are increasing barriers to travel around the world. In order to prevent the arrival of migrants and refugees from countries of the Global South in Europe, the EU has increased control at Europe’s external borders since the 1990s.
The result of the racist selections at the closed border of Melilla are makeshift camps where people stay for months, as well as the “saltos de la valla”: the life-threatening crossing of the border fences into Europe.
Borders are not only to be understood as political-territorial demarcations. They live on as boundaries within society, both in politics (e.g. asylum law), administration (e.g. “foreigners’ office”), as well as in people’s minds and thus in interpersonal interaction.