Chapter 6: De/re/bordering remoteness in times of crisis: migration for reterritorialization and revitalization of a remote region
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This chapter has a triple objective. First, to analyse how bordering, migration, and remoteness are theorized in a crisis situation, by comparing alternative conceptions and proposing new ones. Second, to examine the dynamic processes of de/re/bordering of a remote region during three different, yet interlinked, crises - of post/communism, refugee/migration, and the Covid-19 pandemic. The third objective is to study the reinvention of remoteness at the intersection of deterritorialization and reterritorialization. The study is based on the Matilde region of Harmanli and Haskovo, a border region on the triple border of Bulgaria with Greece and Turkey. The chapter reflects on the theoretical background of the conducted analysis by re/conceptualizing its three pillars - bordering, crisis, and remoteness, introduces the migration profile of Harmanli and the Haskovo region, analyses how the three crises have impacted the re/de/bordering of the region, and finally deliberates on the reinvention of remoteness through reterritorialization and local citizenship.

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