Handbook on Migration and Security
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Handbook on Migration and Security

Edited by Philippe Bourbeau

This Handbook provides a state-of-the-art analysis of the critically important links between migration and security in a globalising world, and presents original contributions suggesting innovative and emerging frontiers in the study of the securitization of migration. Experts from different fields reflect on their respective conceptualisations of the migration-security nexus, and consider how an interdisciplinary and multifaceted dialogue can stimulate and enrich our understanding of the securitisation of migration in the contemporary world.
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Chapter 7: Securing the urban core: policing poverty and migration in the neoliberal city

Dan Zuberi and Ariel Taylor

Abstract

In this chapter we explore the creation of social-spatial inequality in two of Canada’s largest and fastest growing cities, Toronto and Vancouver. Drawing on a tradition of critical scholarship in urban planning and gentrification studies, we turn the ‘securitization of migration’ on its head by asking: security from what and security for whom? Through an examination of socio-spatial dislocation and the regulation of ‘anti-social’ behaviour we argue that securing the urban core for an influx of upper-middle class populations is achieved through the production and regulation of neoliberal urban spaces. By transforming neighbourhoods, public spaces, and sociocultural norms the urban core is secured for the accumulation of capital, despite the insecurity it creates for a large segment of the city’s most vulnerable populations.

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