Normalization of border deaths is mirroring process of a-normalization, exceptionalization of migration. “Evan when border deaths appear (or are presented) as ‘natural or ‘accidental’, they are in fact the result of the structural violence of migration policies” (Cuttitta 2020: 11). Paolo Cuttitta (2020: 12) highlights that presenting border deaths as accidental, or as the result of nature, criminal activities, or of the irresponsible action of migrants, means diverting the attention from these deaths roots in migration and border policies.


Cuttitta, Paolo. 2020. „Preface: The increasing Focus on Border Deaths“. In Border Deaths. Causes, Dynamics and Consequences of Migration-related Mortality. Paolo Cuttitta and Tamara Last eds. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 9-20.