Survivors

“The risk of death turns those who complete a journey successfully into ‘survivors’. This term – unlike definitions such as ‘irregular’ or ‘illegal’ – evokes humanitarian feelings of compassion; however, it does not evoke the idea of a recognition of rights besides that to life. Therefore, pretty much like ‘irregular’ or ‘illegal’, it contributes to a symbolic inferiorization of migrants.“ (Cuttitta et al. 2020: 37).

Literature:

Cuttitta, Paolo, Jana Häberlein and Polly Pallister-Wilkins. 2020. „Various Actors. The Border death Regime“. In Border Deaths. Causes, Dynamics and Consequences of Migration-related Mortality. Paolo Cuttitta and Tamara Last eds. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 35-51.