How is undocumented migration typically mapped in contemporary cartography? To answer this question, we conduct an iconological dissection of what could be seen as the epitome of the cartography on undocumented migration, a map made by Frontex - the EU’s border agency- and then discuss iconographic alternatives. We find that Frontex’s cartography peddles a crude distortion of undocumented migration that reproduces and promotes xenophobic political propaganda - and thus stands in full confrontation with contemporary scholarship on borders and migration. We conclude with an urgent appeal for more creative, honest and humane cartographies of migration.
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