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  • Migration
  • Refugees
  • Asylum politics
  • Border control
  • EU externalization of control to Maghreb, Sahel, Horn of Africa
  • Postcolonialism
  • Slave trade
  • Migration management

My research is interdisciplinary and ranges from political theory and applied ethics over critical geography, post and decolonialism to poststructuralism and genealogical studies. This all happens in migration studies, and more specifically in the sphere of European asylum policy and border control. One focus area is the externalization of this control to areas both internally in Europe/EU, such as Greece and Italy, and to Europe’s neighboring regions such as Turkey, Morocco and Libya. Regionally, my focus on externalization studies is thus the EU and its relations with the Maghreb, Sahel, the Horn of Africa and the Middle East. Linked to this is also a focus on how European and global security and military companies, banks and investment firms consider border control a growing export market. I look at the consequences that this has for both European policy development in the field of relief, development and asylum policies, as well as for transparency and democracy in the countries to which European actors export infrastructures of control. This also includes a focus on the root causes of displacement and their linkages, such as wars and conflicts, ethnic conflicts, land and water degradation in resource extraction, overfishing and import and export policies in local markets. Both the international political economy behind the original causes of displacement and the migration control regimes of the European countries lead to questions about the functions and dynamics of postcolonial capitalist policy, and thus my last main focus point: Continuities and ruptures in the development of Danish/European migration control and displacement policy from the triangular slave trade between European metropoles, the Gold Coast (today Ghana) and the West Indies (in the Danish case, current US Virgin Islands). Here I conduct historical studies of the geopolitical dynamics of the Danish/European colonial plantation economy, its instrumentalization and marketization of displacement from West Africa, the naval suppression of the Atlantic, East African and Indian Ocean slave trades, and the role of the sugar and cotton commodities industries in global import/export policy. On the more biopolitical level, I investigate control regimes in plantations, smuggling routes, and the rationalities of the Danish colony administration, including its philosophical reasoning, as well as various migration and border control policies towards maroons. Finally, at a political ecological level, I investigate. colonial administrators, slaves and maroons, understanding and relation to nature and local ecosystems, at a point in time, where the triangular trade and the labor of slaves facilitated Europe´s transition towards industrialization and the dependency of fossil fuels. At Global Refugee Studies i also teach in these issues at the two-year MA education.

Keywords

  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Sociology and Social Conditions

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Projects 2009 2022

Research Output 2010 2019

Border-induced displacement: The ethical and legal implications of distance-creation through externalization

Moreno-Lax, V. & Lemberg-Pedersen, M., 1 Mar 2019, In : Questions of International Law. 56, 1, p. 5-33 28 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Shadow report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Lemberg-Pedersen, M., Clante Bendixen, M., Therese, C., Bozka, M. & Mosekilde, A-M., 25 Mar 2019, MOVE (Migration, Obstacles, Violence and Equality). 18 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportCommissioned

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Alternativer til flugt og afvisning

Lemberg-Pedersen, M. & Clante Bendixen, M., 1 Jun 2018, Refugees Welcome. 15 p.

Research output: Book/ReportReportCommunication

Open Access

Danish-Norwegian Return Center in Kabul Would Experiment with Children's Lives

Lemberg-Pedersen, M., 11 Jul 2018, The Globe Post.

Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

Open Access

Danmark og Norge forsøger at genoplive kuldsejlede planer om deportationsbørnehjem i Afghanistan

Lemberg-Pedersen, M., 14 Aug 2018, Kritisk Debat.

Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

Open Access

Press / Media

Detektor: Venstre skød gang i udlændingevalget - men har problemer med tallene

Peter Starup & Martin Lemberg-Pedersen

11/04/2019

2 items of media coverage

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108 kaprere på fragtskib i Middelhavet har været desperate

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen

28/03/2019

2 items of media coverage

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Møde om EU's flygtningepolitik

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen

20/02/2019

2 items of media coverage

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Horrible forhold i libyske interneringslejre

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen

01/02/2019

2 items of media coverage

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Millionstøtte fra EU til voldsom grænsekontrol i diktaturstat

Martin Lemberg-Pedersen

27/12/2018

5 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media