Controlling border crossing has become a prime concern under conditions of late modernity, leading western governments to introduce increasingly coercive control measures, ranging from visa regimes to military fortification.
Far from eradicating spontaneous border crossing, this ‘defensive geography’ has fuelled illicit people smuggling markets, and forced asylum seekers and illegalized travellers into increasingly hazardous journeys.
In seeking to account for, rather than merely count, border-related deaths this project by Dr Leanne Weber and Professor Sharon Pickering intended to shift the debate about contemporary border controls towards the acceptance of a more mobility-tolerant future.
The project findings, including the first ever list of deaths at the Australian frontier (“The Australian Border Deaths Database”), were published in book form in 2011 by Palgrave MacMillan – Globalization and Borders: Death at the Global Frontier.
Although the project is complete, BOb continues to periodically update the The Australian Border Deaths Database as a way of maintaining a record of all known deaths associated with Australia’s borders. View The Australian Border Deaths Database here.