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Polly Pallister-Wilkins


Entry Denied: Revolution in North Africa and the Continued Centrality of Migration to European Responses

[Tunisian migrants arriving at Lampedusa. Image by Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images]

The recent revolutions in Tunisia and Libya have brought the issue of trans-Mediterranean migration to the forefront of popular discussions about Europe’s relationship with its immediate neighbors in the Middle East and North Africa. It was on the back of hyperbolic and cataclysmic predictions of Europe being “swamped” by migrants that the case for intervention in Libya was partly made and following this, a number of EU member states have agreed on a temporary suspension of ...

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Polly Pallister-Wilkins


Polly Pallister-Wilkins is a Senior Teaching Fellow in International Relations and Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, from where she received her PhD in 2010. Working in the field of critical geopolitics, Polly has a specific interest in the politics of walls and fences and has previously published work on the Separation Wall in the West Bank. Recent and forthcoming publications include: “The Separation Wall: A Symbol of Power and a Site of Resistance,” forthcoming in Antipode; “The Anarchists Against the Wall: A Post-structuralist Challenge to Zionsim,” in Grabski, August, (ed.), Rebels Against Zion: Studies on Jewish Left Anti-Zionists (Warsaw: Jewish Historical Institute, 2010); and “Radical Ground: Israeli and Palestinian Activists and Joint Protest Against the Wall,” in Social Movement Studies 8.4 (2009).